The Reliance Infrastructure-led Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd (MMOPL), which has built and operates Mumbai first Metro on a public private partnership basis, has decided to increase the tariff of the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro by a maximum of Rs 5.
The new tariff structure would be effective December 1, and comes four months after a Union government-constituted Fare Fixation Committee (FFC) recommended a fare structure of Rs 10-110 for the 11.4-km Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro.
The MMOPL has also revised the tariff slabs. Instead of the prevalent four distance-wise fare slabs on he 11.4-km corridor with a tariff structure of Rs 10, Rs 20, Rs 30 and Rs 40, commuters will have to from December 1 pay as per five slabs. The fare for these five slabs would be Rs 10, Rs 20, Rs 25, Rs 35 and Rs 45.
“The fare slabs per trip for the return journey token category have been similarly revamped from Rs 10, Rs, 15, Rs 25 and Rs 30 earlier to Rs 10, Rs 20, Rs 22.5, Rs 30 and Rs 35,” an MMOPL spokesperson said,
Rates for the 45-trip monthly pass have also been increased by one rupee per trip, with the pass to be now sold at Rs 725 and Rs 950 for short and long trips, respectively, from the current Rs 675 and Rs 900.
Commuters choosing MMOPL’s store value passes will have to bear a hike of Rs 2, having to pay as per a five-slab fare structure of Rs 10, Rs 20, Rs 22, Rs 29 and Rs 34.
The fare for the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro has been a major bone of contention between the Maharashtra government and the MMOPL, in which the state’s Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has a 26 percent equity stake.
The MMRDA was insisting on a fare structure of Rs 9-13 as per the concession agreement when the elevated Metro corridor was opened for public use in June 2014. However, the MMOPL being designated as the Metro Rail Administrator as per the Metro Act, under which the project was brought midway, fixed the tariff at Rs 10-40. The MMRDA had challenged the MMOPL’s decision in the Bombay High Court and subsequently the apex court, which set a deadline for the FFC to come up with its recommendations. The three-member FF comprised Justice (Retd) E Padmanabhan, former law secretary TK Vishwanathan and former Maharashtra chief secretary JK Banthia.
An MMOPL spokesperson said, “As is widely known, the FFC had recommended a fare structure of Rs 10-110 in July 2015 after detailed scrutiny of all aspects. The FFC had also advised MMOPL to approach the state government for suitable assistance to lower the fare structure,” an MMOPL spokesperson said, adding that the company is suffering losses of about Rs 300 crore a year.
Meanwhile, the MMRDA has challenged the FFC’s recommendation in the Bombay High Court with the next hearing scheduled in the coming week.
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