"The drop in ridership in the month of October 2017 is not exclusively attributable to increase in fares as there are otherwise monthly variations noted throughout the year", the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said in a statement.
After the RTI revelation, AAP tweeted: "RTI has revealed that Delhi Metro lost 3 lakh commuters a day after fare hike on October 10". This is in line with the earlier pattern when DMRC witnesses a decline in ridership after the first hike in May.
Earlier on October 10, DMRC had implemented the fare hike that led to a rise of around Rs 10 for almost every distance slab.
The daily average passengers have been brought down to 24.2 lakh in October from 27.4 lakh in September, The Indian Express reported.
The transporter said that a similar loss of ridership was witnessed past year also - of 1.3 lakh - between the months of September and October despite there being no fare hike. During this period, an average commuter has had to shell out nearly double the amount for the same length of travel in one single year.
The fall, in terms of absolute numbers, was over 19 lakh on the Yellow Line, another busy corridor which connects Gurgaon to north Delhi's Samaypur Badli, the DMRC said in its reply. The metro now has a 218-km network across Delhi-NCR.
In fact, in October 2016, the metro's daily average ridership was also 27.2 lakh, despite a comparatively shorter operational route.
The DMRC's decision to hike the passenger hike had triggered a bickering between the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government and the Centre.
For journeys beyond 32 km - Rs 60. "Metro fare hike has not benefitted anyone".
This was the second fare hike in a span of five months.
Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri added that if the Delhi government wanted to put off the metro fare hike, it would need to pay Rs 3,000 crore annually to the DMRC.