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CSE says, “Delhi metro ride is the second most unaffordable in the world.”

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After the hike in the fare of Delhi metro, its ride had become second-most unaffordable in the world, as per the study by the Centre for Science and Environment.

A study conducted by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE)  revealed that tariff hike done last year has made it Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) among the cities which offer charges less than half a US dollar for a trip.

CSE study said, “Of nine metropolitan cities across the world where the cost for a 10-km trip is less than the half-a-US dollar, the Delhi Metro remains the second-most unaffordable system in terms of percentage of income spent for using it.”

The study revealed that commuters in Delhi spend about 14 per cent of its income on Metro rides which make it next after Hanoi, Vietnam where commuter spends 25 per cent of their salary.

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) denied and objected the fact and said that the study was conducted in selected areas and had only compared smaller Metro networks.

The study conducted by CSE also shared that the percentage of the riders also dropped 32 per cent in comparison to the numbers expected to serve this year. It revealed that the ridership declined about by 4.2 lakh passengers in 2018 as compared to the previous year.

The study said that for this year the average daily ridership projections made by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has been only around 27 lakh whereas it was 40 lakh in 2016 which reflects 31.66 per cent less than the projections in this year.

The CSE also informed that an unskilled daily-wage labourer in Delhi uses an average 8 per cent of income by commuting on non-AC bus whereas 14 for an AC and only 22 per cent on the metro rides.

CSE’s Anumita Roy Chowdhury said “Should metros seek to meet their future costs of loan repayment and other fixed (depreciation etc) from fares? Or should they look at other financing methods and nonfare revenue? This is not just about Delhi Metro but about a cohesive policy for all metros,” at a conclave on “Towards Clean and Low Carbon Mobility” held on Tuesday.

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