When we talk about transport in Delhi, the metro system is the easiest way to travel to the parts of the city. It is one of the most extensive transport networks in the world, with an average daily ridership of 27 lakh passengers. But surprisingly, it is one of the most expensive transport systems as well.
According to a study by Centre for Science & Environment, the Delhi Metro is the second-most unaffordable transport system in the world. There are nine metropolitan cities across the world that have operational metro systems. And among them, Delhi Metro is the second-most costliest system.
A per Times Of India, the study found that after last year’s tariff revision, an average commuter in Delhi spends 14% of household income on metro travel. This is second only to the 25% spent by the metro riders in Hanoi.
Going by a data released by the CSE at least 30% of the Delhi Metro commuters spend 19.5% of their income on travel.
Gaurav Dubey, Programme Manager at Clean Air and Sustainable Mobility at CSE, said:
A middle-income person should not spend more than 15% of his/her income on any mode of transport. This share should not exceed 10% in the case of low-income groups.
Gautam Patel, principal consultant (coordinates), Ahmedabad, said:
There is no doubt that the quality of services provided by the Delhi Metro is good but the fares need to be kept in mind too.
After last year’s hike, Delhi metro saw a maximum fare rise from Rs 30 to Rs 50, and then to Rs 60. The study also points out that an unskilled daily wage labourer in Delhi has to spend an average of 8% of his income to travel by a non-AC bus, 14% for an AC bus and 22% on the Delhi Metro.