CHENNAI: Chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Saturday announced a reduction in the maximum fare for travel in Chennai metro rail by Rs 20, thus bringing down the fare for full length travel to Rs 50 from the present Rs 70. The new fare will come into effect from February 22.
The fares were reduced following requests from commuters and to encourage more people use the facility, the CM said in a press release.
A metro train ride from Wimco Nagar to Airport covering 31km will now cost Rs 50 instead of Rs 70.
While the minimum fare of Rs 10 for travelling up to two km will be the same, commuters will have to pay Rs 20 for travelling between two and five km, Rs 30 for 5km to 12km, Rs 40 for 12km to 21km, and Rs 50 fare for a distance of 21km to 32km.
Passengers using QR-code tickets and smartcards will get a 20% discount. One-day trip card, which includes travelling on the new 9km north Chennai line, will cost the same Rs 100. Cost of monthly pass will also be the same Rs 2,500 for daily commute, including the new line. Passengers will get 50% discount on Sundays and public holidays.
“So far, 7.25 crore people have used the metro rail service that commenced on June 29, 2015,” the release said.
On February 14, a 9.05km line from Washermenpet to Wimco Nagar, which completes the 54.15km-long phase-1 corridor, was thrown open for public use. Foundation stone has been laid for the construction of 118.9km phase-2 corridor.
While some commuters welcomed the reduction in ticket fare, many said the train service would still not be economical for the short-distance commute.
V Rama Rao, director, Traffic and Transportation Forum, an NGO in Chennai said the slashing of fares will be helpful for long-distance travel covering above 32km where commuters can save Rs 20 by paying Rs 50 instead of the earlier fare of Rs 70. People from the low-income groups can use the service only if the fares are reduced for travelling short distances, he said.
“The fares we request should be modified as Rs 10, Rs 15, Rs 20, Rs 25, Rs 30 and Rs 35 (maximum). In Kolkata, maximum fare is Rs 25 only and in Delhi, it is Rs 50. The fares should be revised so that it brings more footfall,” he said.