Delhi Metro price hike: women commuters are the worst affected

DMRC price hike will affect thousands of women commuters in Delhi

Tina Das Tina Das Oct 11, 2017

When the Delhi Metro was launched in 2002, there were not a lot of commuters. The DTC buses were cheaper and well, we are always suspicion of new things. But now, almost 15 years later, it is the preferred mode of transport for most people, especially women in Delhi.

A large number of daily commuters in Delhi metro are women A large number of daily commuters in Delhi metro are women

Three reasons off the top of my head

1. Safety

2. Cost effective

3. Escape from Traffic

1. Safety

Delhi is unsafe for women. Period. And yes, while groping incidents do take place in the Delhi metro, it still feels safer than buses. Or even autos-because there are other people riding along with you. Also CCTV cameras.

The introduction of the ladies coach meant some relief. You could adjust your bra straps, sarees or jeans or sit with legs spread out and journey for two hours.

Delhi Commission for Women issued a statement that said: "68.68 per cent of the women stated that they would be forced to adopt less safer modes of transportation or would be forced to travel less frequently and won't be able to use the metro as frequently as earlier".

2. Cost effective

A metro ride helps you reach Gurgaon from Jahangirpuri in around 35 rupees. Which in a cab would be almost twenty times more. Also in air conditioning.Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party government had opposed the hike vehemently. But the Delhi Metro Rail Commission pushed through the fare hike today to combat losses. It is the second in six months. With a minimum increase of Rs. 10, the maximum fare has now become Rs. 60. So Jahangirpuri to Gurgaon would now be 60 rupees.

3. Escape from Traffic

Metro is considered a safe public transport option by most women in Delhi Metro is considered a safe public transport option by most women in Delhi

With there being more and more vehicles plying on the road every day, metro rides also mean escaping the insane traffic of Delhi. A lot of people park their cars in the metro stations and take the metro to save both time and money.

Late night commuting, and early morning office and classes became reality for a lot of women because their families felt that the metro travel is safer. But with this rise, things would change for people especially within the low income bracket.

Even otherwise, the monthly budget of every person would increase.

There are however two points of relief, if one uses a metro smart card :

1. DMRC has now reduced the fares on the use of smart cards despite a revision of metro fares. Those carrying a smart card and travelling during the off-peak hours (between 6 am to 8 am, 12 pm to 5 pm and 9 pm onwards) will be able to avail a 20 per cent discount on their cards.

2. Secondly, 'peak hour' is defined as the time when a passenger enters a station and tabs his / her card. So, if the in time is off peak then the trip will be charged via peak charges even if one exits a metro station during peak hours.


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