Delhi Metro loses 3 lakh passengers due to hike in fare

Erica Roy
November 26, 2017

Kejriwal, who along with his Aam Aadmi Party had opposed the fare hike, had also said that many passengers have taken to other means of transport, leading to increased pollution and congestion on the city's roads.

The Blue Line, considered the metro's busiest, lost over 30 lakh commuters, according to data shared by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) in response to an RTI query by a PTI.

Citing that there are month-to-month variations, it pointed out that the daily ridership immediately after the fare hike on October 10 was "actually higher than prior to the fare hike".

Ridership on the Violet Line, which connects ITO to Faridabad, plunged by 11.9 lakh in October. While its average daily ridership had fallen to 25.7 lakh in June following a fair hike, down by about 0.8 lakh from the May figure of 26.5 lakh, in October daily ridership plummeted sharply to 24.2 lakh from 27.4 lakh in September following another increase in fares.

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This is the steepest month-to-month fall in Metro ridership ever and appears to be linked to the fare hike in October.On October 10, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation ( DMRC ) implemented the second phase of fare hike after the first round of hike in May this year , As Reported By TOI. The metro now has 218-km network across Delhi-NCR. This came barely five months of another hike of up to 100 percent.

On Friday, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), in its defence had said the loss can not exclusively be attributed to the fare hike and there were monthly variations noted throughout the year. "The month of October started with a long weekend/extended holidays due to Dussehra falling on September 30 followed by Gandhi Jayanti on October 2, a national holiday due to festivals of Diwali, Chhath Pooja, Bhaiya Duj and Goverdhan Pooja", the Minister clarified. "Metro fare hike has not benefitted anyone [sic]", he wrote in a tweet.

Travelling in the Metro became costlier from October 10 as the revised fare come into effect. The minimum fare is Rs 10 (up to 2 km), while the maximum fare is Rs 60 (beyond 32 km).

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