Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) lost over three lakh commuters a day after a steep fare hike came into effect on October 10, an RTI query has revealed. 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.
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The RTI reply said the Metro's daily average ridership fell to 24.2 lakh last month from 27.4 lakh in September, which was a drop of around 11 per cent.
The fall in the number of passengers was over 19 lakh on the Yellow Line, another busy corridor which connects Gurgaon to north Delhi's Samaypur Badli, DMRC said.
"Also, assessment on average ridership after fare hike should be made after few months". "For example, in 2016, ridership declined dip by 1.3 lakh from September to October - there was no change in fare structure then".
To shore up its revenues, the Delhi Metro had increased fares by a maximum of Rs 10 earlier in October.
Meanwhile, Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken said that both the AAP government and the Centre were responsible for the hike as the Delhi Chief Secretary was a member of the Fare Fixation Committee that recommended the rise in fares.
"The Aam Aadmi Party government had confronted the Centre over implementation of the second fare hike". 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.
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.
According to the Newspaper, Daily ridership had also fallen in June 2017 by almost 1.5 lakh when compared with June 2016, and by around 0.8 lakh over the previous month.DMRC, however, claimed that the dip in ridership in October was due to other factors such as the numerous festivals and holidays during the month.