<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Commuters, brace yourselves. The Metro fares are likely to be hiked once again, in January, 2019, if the recommendations of a Centre-appointed committee authorised to fix the mass rapid transit’s tariff are accepted.The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) had worked on a two-phase fare hike system, which had led to an increase in rates in May and October this year. The proposed tariff was recommended by the same committee, which was chaired by Justice (retd) M L Mehta, and had Delhi chief secretary and additional secretary from the Ministry of Urban Development at its helm.The Fare Fixation Committee (FFC) had also suggested an “automatic annual fare revision”, as per which the fare will be increased by up to seven per cent. This measure will remain effective till the next FFC, authorised to fix fares under the Delhi Metro Act, is constituted.According to FFC recommendations, the DMRC will revise its tariff on a yearly basis, depending on factors such as increase in cost of staff, maintenance, energy, and the Consumer Price Index, or seven per cent per annum (in each fare slab), whichever is lower.It has also listed a number of stipulations to go with it, including the need for revised fares to be implemented on January 1, every year. It was after seven years that the DMRC increased the fare twice in 2017. “All fares should be rounded off to the next rupee. This automatic fare revision will come in effect from January, 1, 2019, and every year thereafter till the recommendations of the next FFC come into effect,” the committee stated in the report.It may be recalled that the Delhi government and the Centre were at loggerheads when the latter refused to intervene into the FFC recommendations. The Union Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri, had claimed that the Centre was in no position to tamper with the FFC recommendations as doing so was “legally untenable”. Subsequently, fares were hiked by up to 100 per cent across multiple distance slabs.7% RISEThe Fare Fixation Committee (FFC) had also suggested an “automatic annual fare revision”, as per which the fare will be increased by up to seven per cent.
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