Neighbourhood News Desk/Avi Arya: Two fare hikes last year appear to have hit traffic on the Delhi Metro. Monthly ridership is down to levels not seen since 2015, and the annual ridership for 2017 has also recorded a decline from the previous year for the first time in a decade, according to official data from the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).
A right to information (RTI) query by Hindustan Times revealed the Delhi Metro lost nearly 26 million riders in 2017 as compared to 2016. In January and February 2018, the average daily ridership figures stood at 2.36 million and 2.44 million respectively. The corresponding figures from January and February 2016, before either of the fare hikes came into effect, were 2.76 million and 2.93 million.