Delhi Metro ridership falls by 3.2 lakh during fare-hike month

Steep hike in metro fare will kill Delhi Metro Kejriwal

Loss of ridership not solely attributable to fare hike: DMRC

"If people stop using it, then what objective does it serve", Mr Kejriwal tweeted. This was the second phase of increase in the Metro fare.

"Also, assessment on average ridership after fare hike should be made after few months".

Reports had quoted a RTI reply having revealed that there has been a decline of more than three lakh passengers a day due to Delhi Metro fare hike last month.

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

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The daily average passengers have been brought down to 24.2 lakh in October from 27.4 lakh in September, The Indian Express reported.

Opposing the hike in fares, Delhi Government has locked horns with the DMRC and Centre in the matter. Also, the Delhi Assembly had passed a resolution to oppose the fare increase by the Delhi Metro with deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, alleging that it was a "conspiracy" to benefit private cab companies.

'In October, there were five Sundays compared to four in September, where the ridership is around 60-70 per cent of the working day.

"It is seen that the drop in the ridership in October 2017 is not exclusively attributable to increase in fares as there are otherwise monthly variations noted throughout the year". Puri said monthly variations in ridership were not uncommon and cited previous instances when October saw a decline in ridership (see graphic).

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On October 10, the DMRC effected the fare hike, leading to a rise of around Rs 10 for almost every distance slab.

The revised fare structure is: up to 2 km - Rs10, 2 to 5 km - Rs20, 5 to 12 km - Rs30, 12 to 21 km - Rs40, 21 to 32 km - Rs50 and beyond 32 km - Rs60.

Demolishing the claim that there has been a drop in the passenger kilometre per day, the Ministry has put an interesting data which says the passenger kilometre per day has risen after the May 2017 increase in fare.

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