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Metro Fare Hike: Now, pay Rs 40 for Versova-Ghatkopar trip

Decision comes after HC permitted operator to fix initial fare for line; up from Rs 10-20 to Rs 10-40.

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To promote the use of smartcards, MMOPL has put in place a concessional fare for smart-card users.

The Reliance Infrastructure-led Metro operator on Friday increased the tariff of the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro to Rs 10-40 from the existing Rs 10-20 following a ruling by the Bombay High Court, allowing the operator to fix the initial fare for the line.

Accordingly, commuters boarding at Versova and travelling by purchasing tokens will have to pay Rs 10 up to the DN Nagar station, Rs 20 to travel to Western Express Highway Station, Rs 30 to travel up to Sakinaka and Rs 40 till the terminating point of Ghatkopar.

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To promote the use of smartcards, the Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd (MMOPL) has put in place a concessional fare for smart-card users. Commuters using smart-cards will have to pay Rs 10 from Versova to DN Nagar, Rs 18 instead of Rs 20 up to Western Express Highway station, Rs 27 instead of Rs 30 up to Sakinaka, and Rs 32 instead of Rs 40 up to Ghatkopar.

The fare for return journey tokens will be twice that of the single-journey tariff.

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The rates of the Metro corridor’s promotional trip-based passes will remain unchanged until January 15. Accordingly, commuters can buy a monthly pass for Rs 600 to avail of 45 trips on the Metro, and Rs 800 for 60 trips.
An MMOPL spokesperson said, “After the Bombay High Court ruling, the MMOPL implemented its initial fare. It will help MMOPL to provide sustainable transport service to the city.”

The tariff structure will be in place until it is revised by a three-member fare fixation committee that the Union government is yet to form. While ruling in favour of the MMOPL on Thursday, the Bombay High Court also remarked the Union government for the delay in the formation of this committee. It has now set a January 31 deadline for the committee to be formed.