Delhi Metro ticket prices to be cut? Travel costs under minister's scanner

Jun 23 2014, 13:38 IST
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Venkaiah Naidu said efforts have to be made to find out ways to make Delhi Metro more viable and self-sufficient. (PTI) Venkaiah Naidu said efforts have to be made to find out ways to make Delhi Metro more viable and self-sufficient. (PTI)
SummaryGovt looking to make Delhi Metro 'viable', but costs of travel too high, says minister.

increase the popularity you will have to give people the facilities and only then they would want to travel and vice versa," Naidu added.

The Urban Development Minster said government is planning to expand the Delhi Metro further to aid travellers thronging the national capital from border regions of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.

"There are plans to expand Delhi Metro further which will happen in a planned manner. Mainly to cover Delhi and from here to Haryana, UP and Rajasthan. People travel from the border areas to Delhi every day. For them connectivity is important," Naidu said.

The Minister noted that due to increased vehicular traffic, travelling by roads has become difficult and that metro travel helped him save 40 minutes travel time that he would otherwise spend on the road.

"Travelling by road makes one tired and its depressing because you think that if this is the state of traffic in the national capital, what can be done? So metro is a good alternative transport system," Naidu said.

Encouraging his colleagues to use the Metro to commute, the minister said, "It is better for all VIPs who are travelling to the city to avail this facility and set examples to others and it is also a relief from traffic congestion.

"I had a very happy experience and I hope metro becomes more popular in the coming days so that the common man benefits from it."

The Minister said he has asked metro officials along with other partners to hold meetings to discuss how the system can be improved, to discuss how to reduce travel cost for commuters and increase the train frequency.

"I spoke to some passengers and they said the fare is high, this should be given some thought. Do not compare it to taxi or bus service.

"A lot of investment has gone into it and that too money is invested through public private partnership and they would obviously seek returns. Keeping that in mind I have asked DMRC MD to try to reduce the fares and increase the frequency and linking transport facilities and apprise me about the same," he said.

When asked about the Airport Metro, which Reliance Infrastructure's subsidiary Delhi Airport Metro Express Private Ltd (DAMEPL) terminated the concessionaire with DMRC, the Minister said, "I don't want to make any comment about the controversy on the dispute between these two but it

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