Delhi Metro fares go up, commuters react sharply

New Delhi: Delhi Metro on Tuesday steeply increased its fares — the second time this year — despite opposition from the Delhi government, igniting mostly negative responses from commuters amid some confusion over the hike.
Barring the minimum fare of Rs 10 for a distance of 0-2 km, which will remain the same, fares were hiked for all other slabs.
Accordingly, the fare now is Rs 10 for up to two km, Rs 20 for 2-5 km, Rs 30 for 5-12 km, Rs 40 for 12-21 km, Rs 50 for 21-32 km and Rs 60 for a ride beyond 32 km.
A Metro official said the minimum hike was Rs 5 and the maximum Rs 10. Smart card users will continue to get 10 per cent discount, so would those who use Metro during non-peak hours — between start of the metro service till 8 am, between noon and 5 pm and from 9 pm till the close of service.
Commuters said they paid more than Rs 10 on the first day of the hike.
For example, Ravi Ranjan, who travels daily between Malviya Nagar and Noida Sector 16, used to pay Rs 32 for one-way ride.” But today I ended up paying Rs 45 which is Rs 13 more,” Ranjan said.
Similarly, Aroonim Baruah, who travels daily from Noida City Centre to his office in Sector 16, used to pay Rs 13.5 during peak hour travel.
And on Tuesday, he said, Rs 27 were deducted from his smart card. This is the second hike by Delhi Metro in the last six months. — IANS