Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam on Wednesday filed a writ petition in the Bombay High Court protesting the proposed hike in the Metro Rail from the range of Rs 10 – Rs 40 to Rs 10 – Rs 110.
Alleging that the Union government was facilitating private profiteering by allowing multiple fare hikes, Nirupam has demanded that the Metro fare not be allowed to increase more than 11 per cent every fourth year.
In his petition, Nirupam has demanded that the Metro Project be taken into the ambit of the Indian Tramways Act which gives the power of increasing the fares to the state government alone.
“We are demanding what the Sena and BJP had demanded at the time the Congress was ruling the state to bring the Metro under the Tramways Act. Then the fare hike will be once in four years as per the concession agreement,” said Nirupam.
Incidentally, while the hearing for Nirupam’s case is scheduled for Thursday, the hearing for the litigation filed by MMRDA challenging the fare hike recommendations is also scheduled for the same day.