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Business News/ Industry / Maharashtra govt opposes Mumbai Metro fare hike

Maharashtra govt opposes Mumbai Metro fare hike

On 7 August, the Supreme Court had upheld a fair fixation panel's decision allowing Mumbai Metro One to charge a fare up to `110 on an 11.4km route

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Mumbai: The Maharashtra government on Monday presented its case before Union urban development minister M. Venkaiah Naidu opposing the fare hike allowed by a fair fixation committee (FFC) to Mumbai Metro One Pvt. Ltd, the Anil Ambani-controlled company that operates Mumbai’s first metro corridor between Varsova, Andheri and Ghatkopar.

On 7 August, the Supreme Court upheld the panel’s decision which allowed Mumbai Metro One to charge a fare up to 110 on an 11.4km route and rejected the Maharashtra government’s petition challenging the committee’s recommendation. Subsequently, the Maharashtra government petitioned Naidu and asked him to intervene.

Currently, Mumbai Metro One charges fare between 10 and 40. This fare was also challenged by the state government in the Bombay high court. However in January, the Bombay high court asked central government to appoint an FFC to decide the fare, rejecting the state government’s contention.

The FFC gave its report on 8 July and allowed the company to raise the fare to up to 110 but Mumbai Metro One said it would not hike fares till 31 October. However it has also demanded operational subsidy of 20 crore per month and one-time payment of 1,000 crore by the state government to keep fares at the present level.

A Mumbai Metro One spokesman said the company was “not represented" in Monday’s meeting.

Meanwhile, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis told reporters that the state government “will not allow any fare hike till audit of the project is carried out by the third party and we are exploring all legal options to ensure Mumbaikars don’t have to suffer any unjust fare hike."

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Published: 11 Aug 2015, 01:26 AM IST
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