Lucknow Metro announces fares

Even as Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) is waiting for state Government’s nod for commencing commercial run of the first phase –Transport Nagar to Charbagh– after getting the permission from Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety (CMRS), the Lucknow Metro today announced the fare structure for the commuters.

According to decision made by the Board of Directors of LMRC here, the fares will vary from Rs 10 to Rs 60 depending upon the number of stations traveled inside the Metro system.

Fares have been decided for the entire 23 km North South (Phase 1A) Metro Corridor from Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport to Munshipulia.

LMRC statement here said the fares have been decided with the prime objective of maintaining price affordability of transport to the general public. Unlike other Metro systems, the Lucknow Metro fares have been decided based on the number of Metro stations travelled as against the distance travelled in the Metro system.

The minimum fare has been kept at Rs 10 for travel up to one Metro station. A zone based approach has been adopted for fare grid based on the number of stations travelled.

  • Passenger travelling for one station will have to pay RS 10,
  • for two stations Rs 15,
  • for three to six stations Rs 20,
  • seven to nine stations Rs 30,
  • 10 to 13 stations Rs 40,
  • 14 to 17 stations Rs 50 and
  • more than 18 stations Rs 60.

LMRC claimed that this is the most optimal initial fare structure of the entire North-South Metro Corridor (Phase 1A) between Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport and Munshipulia. It has been arrived after an all-round analysis of the fare pattern of the other Metros in India and abroad as well as other modes of transport in Lucknow with various pricing models.

To promote regular commuters and usage of Smart Card (”GoSmart”) travel, a discount of 10 per cent of the ticket value will be provided on travel by Smart Card.

Rs 100 will be in the form of security deposit, to be refunded on return of the Smart Card.In addition to this, LMRC will also issue full day Tourist Card for Rs 200 for one day travel and Rs 350 for 3 days travel to the commuters of Metro Rail. Rs100 will be in the form of security deposit, to be refunded on return of the tourist Smart Card.With these fare structure, LMRC will be able to cover its operating and maintaining expenses from the beginning of the Metro services and also take care of its debt, it further said.

The first phase of Lucknow Metro covering around 8.5 KmS between Transport Nagar to Charbagh is expected to run any time next month.