New Delhi: You may feel lucky living around a metro corridor, but the recent announcement by the Urban Development Ministry may give you a reason to worry. Residents living around the metro corridor will have to pay additional tax to the government now.

The Ministry has directed the Delhi authorities and other states where metro is operational or in the pipeline to follow the guidelines in this regard. Also the Metro commuters can use their 'Smart Cards' for travel in DTC and cluster bus services in the city by this year.

DMRC is likely to extend its ongoing feeder bus services to enhance the metro connectivity to those areas where metro is not available.

 Urban Development Secretary Sudhir Krishna said. “Operating metro train is a huge investment and the expenses are too much to handle. New policies have to be devised to meet the cost. With more routes to start soon, the policy of charging additional tax will also be applied. The residents living nearby metro corridors may have to pay an additional tax of 10 percent.”

75 percent of the amount collected as tax will be added to the Central Government’s Urban Transport fund. The fund could be utilized for the expansion of metro projects. 

“Since tax is subject matter of the state government therefore, it is free to decide the percentage of the tax to be charged. The proposal has received a positive response from the Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh government as well.” Krishna added.

DMRC to run more feeder buses

DMRC’s managing director Mangu Singh said, “We bring 300 more feeder buses for the convenience of the commuters. The state transport authority has given a nod to 72 more bus routes. Presently, 119 buses are running on 17 different routes and record a ridership of about 40,000 commuters. The ‘More’ car will be acceptable in the feeder buses too.”

JPN/Bureau