Commuters boycott Metro rides in protest against fare hike

Protesters outside the DMRC office on Barakhamba Road
By Ramesh Kumar
Photo: Ramesh Kumar
Posted: May 13, 2017

Following an appeal by Delhi Metro Commuters’ Association, many commuters on May 13 boycotted Metro rail services in protest against the increase in fare of the service by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation.

Members of the association, including college students and commuters, staged a protest outside the DMRC headquarters on Barakhamba Road in New Delhi and demanded a rollback of the hike.

They raised slogans against the Metro administration and Venkaiah Naidu, union urban development minister. Seeking solidarity from maximum number of commuters, protesters also gathered outside several Metro stations and distributed leaflets to passengers.

DMRC has revised the fare and there are six fare slabs as against the 15 fare slabs earlier. The minimum fare is Rs 10 and the maximum fare is Rs 50.

Sachin Singh Bhandari, convener of the association, told City Spidey, “Due to the increase in fares, commuters with low income will opt for crowded buses. Moreover, this hike will lead to further use of private vehicles and rise in pollution in the National Capital Region.”

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