Monday, Sep 22, 2014

Metro slashes notified fares till July 31

Mumbaimetro_475 The High Court then adjourned the hearing to July 23.
Written by Aamir Khan | Mumbai | Posted: July 7, 2014 10:14 pm | Updated: July 8, 2014 12:20 am

In a temporary respite to commuters, the Reliance Infrastructure-led Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL) Monday told the Bombay High Court (HC) it would slash its notified fare of Rs 10-40 to a new slab of Rs 10-15-20 till July 31 with effect from Tuesday.

The MMOPL’s statement came hours after Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice M S Sonak took suo motu cognisance and added the Central government and the state’s urban development department as parties to the ongoing litigation on Metro fares.

A spokesperson of the Reliance Infrastructure-led MMOPL, which has constructed the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro on a public-private partnership model, termed the lowering of the notified tariff to Rs 10-20 till the month-end as a “new promotional fare.”

“The MMOPL as a goodwill gesture has decided not to immediately introduce the notified fare of Rs 10-40 and provide huge discount on the initial fare,” he said.

The HC was acting on an appeal filed by Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) challenging its June 24 order by a single-judge bench that had dismissed the city development authority’s plea seeking a stay on the tariff for the city’s first Metro that the operator had fixed.

“The commuter should not suffer because of a dispute between parties,” the court observed Monday.

On this, the counsel for the Reliance Infrastructure told the court that the promotional flat tariff of Rs 10, in effect since the Metro’s commercial launch, is applicable till July 7 and that his client was ready to bring the notified fare of Rs 10-40 down to Rs 10-15-20 till the end of
this month.

The court scheduled the next hearing on the matter for July 23, when representatives from the newly added parties will also be present.
Fare applicable from July 8 to July 31
Commuters using tokens will have to pay Rs 20 to travel from end to end, that is Versova to Ghatkopar
Commuters using smart cards will have to pay Rs 15 to travel from Versova to Ghatkopar
Flat weekend fare of Rs 5 for children to commute using Metro
Commuters can now also avail of return journey tokens

aamir.khan@expressindia.com

 

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