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‘Delhi Metro Cruelly Killed my ‘Achhe Din” : Here is why Passengers are dumping the popular mode of travel

The author shares her take on shifting to Delhi from Kolkata and her experience with the Delhi Metro

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– By Somrita Ghosh

New Delhi, November 5, 2017 : Delhi Metro cruelly killed my “acche din”.

Metro fares have been doubled in just four months, forcing me to give up my favorite mode of transport and take to crowded DTC buses.

Besides putting the new fares beyond my budget, I have also been stripped off the safety of travelling in the Metro. And I am not the only one.

My biggest shock came two days after the latest Metro fare hike. I commute daily between Green Park in south Delhi and Noida Sector 16 where I work.

As I punched my smart card while leaving the Sector 16 station, my heart skipped a beat — Rs 37 had been deducted from my card.

By the time I reached my office, the mental calculation was already done. I realized every month I would have to spend double of what I was shelling out only five months ago if I wanted to use the Delhi Metro.

When the year began, I was spending Rs 18 on my Metro ride — one way. The Metro then hiked the fares and my one-way cost shot up to Rs 27. The latest hike had taken it to Rs 37!

This was hard for me to digest. The sudden hike of almost Rs 20, that too one way, was surely going to painfully pinch my wallet.

When I landed in Delhi five years ago, my friends advised me to avail the Metro, not just because it is safe for women but comfortable too, never mind the crushing rush during peak hours.

Most important, as I realized very soon, the Metro was affordable. It was so cheap that while an auto-rickshaw would charge me a minimum of Rs 25 from my home to the nearest Metro station, the Metro charged me only Rs 18 all the way from south Delhi to Noida in Uttar Pradesh. This was too good to be true.

Since I came from Kolkata, where the minimum Metro fare was only Rs 4 and the maximum Rs 12, Delhi Metro initially seemed costly.

But I realized the full story in no time once I started using the Delhi Metro. The infrastructure, service and overall facilities provided by Delhi Metro were far better compared to Kolkata.

Delhi Metro offers free WiFi, its stations have coffee shops and the bigger ones even host fast food chains. Travel is hassle-free despite the odd technical snags that hit the Blue Line that I use.

But suddenly charging a salaried person like me Rs 40 more, or Rs 1,200 a month, just because the Metro needs to finance itself better is something I cannot appreciate.

Like numerous others, I have changed my mode of transport. It is now the DTC buses. The DTC’s frequency may not match the Metro’s and DTC rides can be bumpy too, not to talk of unending traffic jams. But do I have a choice?

(Editorial note : This article has been written by Somrita Ghosh of IANS. She can be contacted at somrita.g@ians.in)

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How To Plan Your Finances Better, This Dussehra

With these 3 tips, you can conquer and rid yourself of financial demons holding you back this Dussehra

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So, read, research, understand, and then invest to reap substantial returns.

At some point of time in life, you may have created a budget, followed or earmarked investments and tried to take control of your finances. Often, even the most stringent of financial plans, fall flat because of several reasons, such as:

  • Lack of prioritizing financial security
  • Overwhelming amounts of advice
  • Unforeseen circumstances and sudden expenses

In order to streamline your finances, it is important to delve deep and understand what financial mistakes hold you back.

This Dussehra, take a look at the financial shortfalls you need to overcome, and pledge to walk the righteous path. Here’s a brief lowdown on the same.

Bid Adieu To Procrastination
Just sitting and thinking of ways to execute a financial plan is not enough. You need to stop day dreaming in order to act when the time is ripe. Experts believe that in order to reap great returns from the market you need to keep an eye on your investments and keep rebalancing and diversifying your portfolio.

Volatile markets, for instance, are a signal that you need to increase your investments in safe options like FD, commodities, gold, and real estate. On the other hand, you can invest for short-term gains in assets like shares when the market is highly bullish. The trick is to be aware and informed so that you can take the right action at the right time.

Overcome Ignorance And Financial Fear


Ignorance or a bad experience are the main reasons why you may be afraid of doing anything other than storing your money in a savings account. Well, now is the time to conquer this fear. Financial planning starts from the moment you outline your goals and pick and choose assets for your portfolio to achieve them.

Detail out your financial goals and plans like retirement, a world tour with your family, your child’s marriage, and more. Then start putting in money in different instruments corresponding to each goal.

However, in order to decide what assets permit growth, you will have to read about them. The right research will help you gain more knowledge about the varied options, which in turn will ease the decision-making process for you. So, read, research, understand, and then invest to reap substantial returns.

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Choose high interest assured return investments

Lay The Bricks For Your Financial Wellbeing Today
Instead of waiting any further, start your financial journey right now. To begin with, include both short and long-term options in your portfolio. Introduce investments that guarantee earnings to boost your confidence and enjoy your gains.

Choose high interest assured return investments like recurring deposits, pension plans and fixed deposits on the one hand. On the other hand, you can pick riskier high return investments like shares.

Out of all these investments, FDs bring a lot on the table. So, you can choose to invest in varied cumulative and non-cumulative FDs from trusted issuers like Bajaj Finance. These FDs are lucrative in terms of the benefits and the interest rate they offer on your investment. Awarded ICRA’s MAAA (stable) rating and CRISIL’s FAAA/Stable rating, Bajaj Finance FDs are credible and assure you up to 8.85% interest on your investment. As you can start investing with a mere sum of Rs.25,000, you have no excuse not to begin.

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In order to streamline your finances, it is important to delve deep and understand what financial mistakes hold you back. pixabay

Since applying online is easy and convenient, it’s time to get started now! Choose between a cumulative FD in case you want to enjoy the benefits of compounding or a non-cumulative FD to access the interest as a regular payout.

With these 3 tips, you can conquer and rid yourself of financial demons holding you back this Dussehra and celebrate your financial triumphs for years to come.