Chennai Metro fares cut: Passengers give mixed reactions

Chennai-metro

The new fare has come into effect from February 22 as per the state government’s order

Shafiq Mitul | Chennai

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on February 20, 2021, has announced a reduction in the fares for passengers of Chennai Metro Rail (CMRL).

The maximum fare has been brought down to Rs 50 from Rs 70 while the minimum fare will remain at Rs 10.

As the minimum fare remains unchanged, the commuters said that the announcement came only for the upcoming state Assembly election.

Prakash Sarkar, a 35-year-old IT worker, said that this fare reduction wouldn’t help him at all.

“Prices have just fallen from the higher rents but the lowest prices are still the same as before. I did not get any special benefit from this,” he said.

A passenger from the IT sector, who doesn’t want to reveal his name, said the price has been reduced only because the elections are around the corner.

“For me it doesn’t mean anything,” he said.  

Many commuters are not yet aware of the reduction in Chennai Metro fares | Photo: Shafiq

As per the new fare structure, there is no change for a distance of 0-2 kilometers and Rs 10 – which is the minimum fare. Earlier, the fare for a distance of 2-4km was ₹20 and now they have to pay ₹30 to cover a distance of 5-12km while the fare will be Rs 40 for up to 21km and for more than 21km the fare will be Rs 50.

Though the reduction announcement has been in effect since February 22, some commuters are still found unaware of it.

Gayatri Gupta, 30, a doctor of Appolo hospital in Chennai said that she doesn’t know about the new fare structure.

“It’s all fine for me whatever the fare is. Because metro is the easy option for me to travel,” she said.

Like Gayatri, almost the same statement was found from Kirtika Som, a college student from north Chennai.

“I’m not aware of the price decrease. I’ve to pay with my trip card, that’s why I don’t notice the new fare,”  

Some think that the fare decreased only for the upcoming Assembly election | Photo: Shafiq

Some passengers also have been found to have benefited from reduced fares.

R Venkatesh from Thirumangalam in Chennai has started travel through metro since its price is decreased.

“For the past six months, I had traveled through bike only. But due to petrol price increase and metro price reduction, I have started travel through metro from last week,” he said.

“As I traveled a long distance daily through the metro, this price reduction helps me,” he added.