The hike is part of the two-phase revision of fares as recommended by Fourth Fare Fixation Committee.
Dwarka, which has the largest Metro Blue Line from Sector 21 to Noida City Centre and Vaishali, is up in arms against the fare hike by DMRC made effective from today.
The hike is part of the two-phase revision of fares as recommended by Fourth Fare Fixation Committee. Thousands of commuters have been impacted by the increase.
The rate revision chart
City Spidey spoke to people across the sub-city to know their reactions.
RTI activist Ramesh Mumukshu said, “This is an anti-people step and monopoly by Metro. In the absence of sufficient public transport, this rate increase is certainly a retrogressive step.”
Pankaj, a resident of Abhiyan Apartments in Sector 12, said, “In May 2017, the fare from Dwarka Sector 12 to Noida City Centre was Rs 26 on Metro card, which was revised to Rs 44 and now it’s Rs 56. This increase will result in people again switching back to bikes.”
SK Malik, a resident of Youngsters Apartments in Sector 6, shared, “My daughter lives in Noida. She visits us in Dwarka about twice a month along with her two kids. She was spending Rs 426 per month until now. But with the new fares, that amount will go up to Rs 864 per month!”
Social organisations, RWAs and other residents’ group are planning to write to the government on the matter.
President of Federation of RWAs Sector 9, or FORWAS, KS Bhati, said, “We will write to the DMRC and the central and state governments to rethink the decision. The fare revision should be made feasible for all.”
A few social organisations are of the opinion that the increased fare would affect the daily-wage workers who use Metro to commute.
General secretary of Rise Foundation, Madhuri Varshney, said, “For a person who earns Rs 250 daily... how is he going to manage the fares now? Similarly, if a security guard commutes through Metro, how will he pay the doubled fare? This is something we need to think about deeply and I hope that authorities are also doing so.”