Fare Hike Impact: Delhi Metro Loses 3 Lakh Daily Commuters
The Delhi Metro has lost over three lakh commuters a day after a steep fare hike that came into effect on October 10, an RTI (Right To Information) query has revealed. The Metro's daily average ridership came down to 24.2 lakh in October from 27.4 lakh in September, translating to a fall of around 11 per cent.
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). The 50-km corridor connects Dwarka to Noida.
The Metro currently has a 218-km network across the Delhi National Capital Region.
In absolute numbers, the fall was over 19 lakh on the Yellow Line, another busy corridor which connects north Delhi to Gurgaon.
Ridership on the Violet Line, which connects ITO to Faridabad, plunged by 11.9 lakh in October. The number of riders on the Red Line, from Dilshad Garden to Rithala, came down by 7.5 lakh. Ridership has come down several notches below the numbers observed in recent years, bucking a trend of rise on the
back of the launch of newer sections.
In fact, in October 2016, the Metro's daily average ridership was also 27.2 lakh, despite a comparatively shorter operational route. On October 10, the DMRC implemented a fare hike, leading to a rise of around Rs 10 for each slab. This hike in fares came five months after a hike of up to 100 per cent.
After the first phase of the hike in May, the Metro lost nearly 1.5 lakh passengers per day in June.
With inputs from Housing News