Govt Not Averse To Concessional Metro Fares For Seniors, Students: Puri
The Centre would recommend introduction of concessional fare for senior citizens and students in Metro services in Mumbai and was not averse to do so in other cities, too, but, it could not take a decision, Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on January 2. He said as of now the government did not have any proposal for introducing concessional fares for the senior citizens and students in metro services.
"The government is not averse to making a recommendation to this effect that senior citizens and students be provided some concessional fare," he said in the Lok Sabha during the Question Hour.
The housing and urban affairs minister said the government could be in a position to recommend concessional fares for senior citizens and students to the fare fixation committee.
"But ultimately, this will have to be a determination to be made by the statutory body, which is the fare fixation committee. It is not our task (starting concessional fare), but we would be happy to make that recommendation," he said.
The minister said the Calcutta Metro was run by the Indian Railways and it provides a special concessional fare for students up to Class 12 of normal schools and madrassas. But, he said, there was a crucial difference between the Calcutta Metro and other Metro systems because the rest of the Metro systems run on the basis of tokens and smart cards.
Referring to the Delhi Metro, Puri said at the report of the fare fixation committee of the Delhi Metro, which submitted its report in September, 2016, they said that they had considered a system of concessional fare, but they found that they were not technologically ready at that point of time.
With inputs from Housing News