Slashed Chennai Metro Rail fares come into effect

Chennai: The reduced fares of Chennai Metro Rail came into effect from this morning, much to the relief of commuters.

“It is a welcome move and I can save up to Rs 500 per month,” said Raghuram, a commuter at Vadapalani station.

According to the new fares, there would be no change in fares for the first two kms which would remain at Rs 10.

Rs 20 will be charged for 2 to 5 kms (earlier 2-4 km), Rs 30 for 5 to 12 kms (earlier Rs 30 for 4-6 km and Rs 40 for 6-12 km), Rs 40 for 12 to 21 kms (earlier Rs 50 for 12-18 km) and Rs 50 for 21-32 kms (earlier Rs 60 for 18-24 km and Rs 70 for 25 km and above).

In line with the series of new announcements being made almost on a daily basis, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Saturday announced reduction in fares of Chennai Metro Rail Project to make it even more affordable.

Apart from the regular fares, Palaniswami also said that 20 per cent concession would be given in the basic fare to those who use the QR code and contactless card option of the Metro Rail.

“The one day pass of Rs 100 which is used for the present 45 km Phase-I can also be used for the newly inaugurated 9 km stretch as well–at the same rate for the total 54 kms,” he said.

He also said that the monthly pass of Rs 2,500 can also be used to travel in the existing and the newly inaugurated stretch–total 54 kms.

He also said that there will be 50 per cent discount in fares for those who take the Metro Rail on Sunday and other government holidays.

 

NT Bureau