New Delhi, March 23, 2018: Students, senior citizens and physically challenged persons may get some relief from the increased Delhi Metro fare. Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had suggested Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to come up with a mechanism to provide discounted fares for students and senior citizens to balance the burden of last year’s hike in metro fare as per the PTI report according to www.indiatoday.in
TECHNOLOGY FOR NOT MISUSING THE DMRC DISCOUNT:
Technology has to be developed to implement the scheme and ensure it is not misused, as per the Puri’s statement to PTI.
HERE’S WHAT THE MINISTER SAID ABOUT THE INITIATIVE:
“The initiative should not be considered as “populist” and that it would be within the framework of the law,” Puri said.
PRESENT SCENARIO OF DMRC FARE:
At present, DMRC does not provide any kind of discount on metro fares for any section of passengers, commuting from Metro
Last year, metro fares were hiked by up to 100 per cent across multiple distance slabs following the two-phase fare hike, which was implemented on the recommendation of FFC
DECLINING SHORT DISTANCE TRAVELS:
An increase in the number of travellers taking a long journey on the Delhi metro, while a decline in short-distance travels, said the official to PTI.
SUGGESTIONS FOR INCREASING REVENUE:
Puri also suggested a number of ways to increase the revenue of the Delhi Metro that included advertisements and commercial exploitation of the land.
DMRC LOSES CUSTOMERS IN LAKHS:
On November 24, 2017, DMRC’s response to an RTI application found out, Delhi Metro had lost three lakh commuters per day following the hike in fare, which led to a tussle between the Central government and Delhi government.