Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) announced on Thursday a reduction of passenger fares by upto 40 percent on the Airport Express Line.
As per an official statement by the DMRC the revised fare structure will be applicable from 24th July, 2014 and the “minimum single journey fare on the corridor will be Rs 20 replacing the earlier minimum fare of Rs 30 and the maximum fare will be Rs 100 against the earlier maximum fare of Rs 180.”
Thus, as per the new fares, a one way journey from the New Delhi station to Dwarka Sector 21 using single journey token will now cost Rs 100.
Moreover as per the DMRC, “The Fare Store Value Card offered to the commuters will have a discount of 10 percent. DMRC will also offer further discounts on the purchase of multiple journey trip cards. The 30 trips, 45 trips and 60 trips cards will be available for customers. In case of 60 trip cards, the minimum and maximum one way fares will further come down to less than Rs 9 and Rs 40 respectively.”
It added, “The revised fares for 30/45/60 trip products will be available only after exhausting the existing loaded products or after current validity.”
It further said, “Rate of all the existing cards and discount schemes will be discontinued. In addition, a special scheme for Sundays will be there only for Single Journey Token users having a minimum fare of Rs 20 and maximum fare of Rs 60,” adding, “There will not be any sale of Return Journey Token on Sundays. The sale of Single Journey token Sunday product will only be through manned counters and not through ticket vending machines. The fare of Sunday Single Journey Token has been reduced further to attract more commuters.”
Some of the additional information given by the DMRC for the benefit of the passengers are as follows:
The frequency on the corridor has been improved from 15 minutes to 10 minutes 30 seconds during peak hour.
The maximum speed of the trains has been increased to 80 Kmph from 70 kmph. The travel time from New Delhi metro station to Airport has been reduced to 19 minutes only.
As the New Delhi Station of Airport Line and Indian Railways are adjacent, a dedicated path way connecting the two stations has been developed for smooth transfer of Indian Railway passengers to Airport Line and vice versa.
Feeder Bus service from Delhi Aerocity to Terminal T1 was also made available at a frequency of 15 min from06:00 AM to 10:00 PM.
Total daily train trips on the corridor have increased from 148 to 168 now.
The timing of the first service of the day was rescheduled to 4.45 AM from New Delhi and Dwarka Sector 21 to connect with trains of Indian Railways. Earlier, the first train timings were 5.30 AM from New Delhi and 5.15 AM from Dwarka Sector 21.
Seamless Interchange facility from Dwarka Sec-21 (Airport Line) platform to Dwarka Sec-21(Blue Line) platform has been introduced since August, 2013.
Parking facility was started at Delhi Aerocity Metro station w.e.f Sept 1, 2013. Parking area at Dwarka Sec-21 was increased from 2064 sq. m to 6965 sqm (237% increase w.e.f July 16, 2013).