Hike in fares will kill Delhi Metro, says Arvind Kejriwal

Loss of ridership not solely attributable to fare hike: DMRC

"The drop in ridership in the month of October 2017 is not exclusively attributable to increase in fares as there are otherwise monthly variations noted throughout the year", the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said in a statement.

This came barely five months after the first hike which resulted in upto 100 per cent fare rise. It said daily ridership had gone up in November, though it didn't share the figures.Metro's average daily ridership figure of 24.2 lakh in October was 3.2 lakh less than the September figure of 27.4 lakh, a drop of almost 12%.Fares have gone up by almost 100% across most slabs.

The chief minister was referring to media reports on Friday that the Metro had lost 3 lakh commuters a day after the fare hike on October 10.

Last month, he had called metro fare hike "anti-people".

DMRC also said the fall, in terms of absolute numbers, was over 19 lakh on the Yellow Line, another busy corridor which connects Gurgaon to North Delhi's Samaypur Badli.




Travelling in the Metro became costlier from October 10 as the revised fare come into effect.

The Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government has mounted a stiff opposition to the hike, leading to a confrontation with the Centre.

The metro had earlier lost almost 1.5 lakh passengers per day, during a hike in June of up to 100 percent. At that point in time, the minimum fares were raised from Rs 8 to Rs 10 and the maximum from Rs 30 to Rs 50. However, considering the sharper decline this time, it may take a little while longer for the Delhi Metro to regain its passengers - whose presence is equally important for the corporation to have a healthier balance sheet.

Asked to comment on the drop in number of passengers, Union minister Vijay Goel said efforts would be made to increase the number of passengers.

"This committee, headed by a retired judge of Delhi HC with two other members - one each from the state and the Centre - had recommended the revised fares, which had to be implemented by law", he said.

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