Delhi Metro is second most unaffordable system in the world: Report

Delhi Metro is second most unaffordable system in the world: Report

Courtesy : Agencies06/09/2018 18:57

The Delhi Metro, after its mooted fare hike, has surfaced as the second most unaffordable system in terms of percentage of income spent for using it.

According to a study by the Centre of Science and Environment (CSE), of nine metropolitan cities across the world which have operational metro systems and where the cost for a 10-km trip is less than half-a-US dollar, the Delhi Metro is the second most costly system.

The calculations made by the CSE reveals that an unskilled daily-wage labourer in Delhi has to spend an average of eight per cent of his or her income by travelling on a non-AC bus, 14 per cent for an AC bus and 22 per cent on the Delhi Metro.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, tweeting the about the CSE report, said that he feels "sad that such an important means of transport has become out of reach of common man."

He said that those who have stopped using the metro are now contributing to Delhi's pollution by using road-based transport.

The recent fare-hike has also led to a decrease in the number of daily passengers. The Delhi Metro has received nearly 32 per cent less than the number of daily passengers it had hoped to serve this year.The CSE study attributed fare hike as the reason behind the sudden drop in ridership.

While the average daily ridership projections made by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) in 2016 stood at 40 lakh, this year it has been only around 27 lakh -- 31.66 per cent less than the projections, the study said.

Individual metro and bus systems are struggling to recover costs and retain and improve ridership, in the absence of any strategy to address the issues, the organisation noted on the first day of the two-day CSE International Conclave Towards Clean and Low Carbon Mobility.

"It is ironical that when travel demand is exploding in cities the transport service providers are facing a crisis," it said in a statement.

According to the study, locally-appropriate systems need to be devised for not only Delhi but various Indian states. It also stressed on creating "institutional and technological ecosystems for ensuring affordable fares and subsidy delivery".

Experts say, "Without a fiscal strategy and an overall plan for improving ridership, how can these cities hope to keep these systems sustainable?"

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