If you are travelling beyond 5 km on the Delhi Metro from today, be prepared to shell out Rs. 10 extra with yet another fare hike coming into effect.
Thehike, which comes five months within the last one, will affect every commuter of the mass rapid transit who travels beyond 5 km, while journeys falling in the 2-5 km distance slab will cost Rs. 5 more.
The revised fare structure will be: up to 2 km -- Rs. 10, 2 to 5 km -- Rs. 20, 5 to 12 km -- Rs. 30, 12 to 21 km -- Rs. 40, 21 to 32 km -- Rs. 50 and for journeys beyond 32 km -- Rs. 60.
Smartcard users, who, according to DMRC's estimates, happen to be 70 per cent of the metro's total ridership, will continue to get 10 per cent discount on each ride.
They will get an additional discount of 10per cent while travelling during off-peak hours, that is from beginningof services till 8 AM, between 12 PM and 5 PM and from 9 PM to end of the services.
The announcement came late last night following a meeting of the metro's top decision making body, the DMRC board, which refused to "interfere" in the matter, referring to the stiff opposition mounted by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal against the hike.
The Delhi Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary (Finance) and Transport Commissioner are among the representatives of the Delhi government on the DMRC board.
When the Delhi Metro had started operations on December 25, 2002, the minimum fare was Rs. 4 and maximum was Rs. 8.