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Discounted fares soon for elderly, students in Delhi Metro: Hardeep Singh Puri

‘The relief can also be extended to passengers of other categories, but it would be need based,’ said Hardeep Singh Puri.

SNS | New Delhi |

Students and senior citizens to get concession in fares in the Delhi Metro, the central government will soon announce the decision, as a technology based solution has been found to implement the same, said Union housing and urban affairs minister, Hardeep Singh Puri on Monday.

The Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri in an interview to PTI said that the relief can also be extended to passengers of other categories, but it would be need based.

Presently, no discount is offered for any category of passengers in the Delhi Metro.

“We are ready with a technology-based solution to provide relief to students and senior citizens travelling on metro trains. The central government will implement it appropriately,” minister said.

The Delhi government in June this year announced free travel for women in Delhi Metro and buses in the city.

Hardeep Singh Puri said that he was not against the free travel for women in metro but this should be need based.

“Our scheme will also cover most girl students and female senior citizens. We want to implement it through the technology-based solution so that there is no misuse of the facility,” he said.

As per Puri, the central government will extend the relief to passengers of other categories after public consultation.

In 2017, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) had announced the hike in fare in two phases after a gap of nine years.

Minister countered the claim that the ridership has decreased after the hike in fare and said that the football has rather trebled, referring to Delhi Metro.

“The ridership was 24-25 lakh before fare hike but it has trebled since then. It is around 60 lakh now and going up by the day,” minister said.

It is to be noted that the DMRC is a 50:50 joint venture between the centre and the Delhi government. The fare revision is done on the recommendation of a fare-fixation committee.