The DMRC has set new travel time limits for commuter journey length.
The DMRC has set new travel time limits for commuter journey length to prevent loitering at stations, and failing to adhere to which will attract a penalty.
Commuters traveling a distance for which the fare is up to Rs 18 (approximately 9 stations) would be allowed to stay inside the metro premises for 65 minutes.
The time limit is 100 minutes for traveling up to 14 stations (fare up to Rs 23) and 180 minutes for 15 and above (fare above Rs 23), said a senior DMRC official.
"This is aimed at controlling over crowding at stations. Also, it has come to our notice that several people loiter in station premises," said the official.
The new time limits will come into force from Monday. The DMRC will make announcements regarding the same till January 31.
The official said offenders will be penalized only from February 1.
From Monday to January 31, the travel cards or token of commuters staying beyond the stipulated time will show error numer 159. They will then have to report to customer care centres to make an exit without any penalty, the official said.
The new time limits, the official said, have been arrived at after calculating the maximum possible time that a commuter could take to travel specific distances.
At present, commuters are allowed to stay inside the metro premises for 170 minutes if they enter from one station and exit from another irrespective of the distance traveled.