By Sanjay Jog www.business-standard.com
Over 18.5 million commuters travelled on the Mumbai Metro from its inaugural date of June 8 this year till August 10,Reliance Infrastructure arm Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd (MMOPL) that operates the metro, said on Monday.
The 11.4-km Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar metro rail service has registered a ridership between 300,000 to 500,000 a day. MMOPL estimates that against the metro’s carrying capacity of 1.1 million in four swanky coaches, the number of passengers travelling would increase to between 600,000 to 900,000 million a day in the next three years.
An MMOPL spokesman told Business Standard that shifting to a revised fare structure of Rs 20 for token riders and Rs 15 for smart card users since July 8 from the promotional fare of Rs 10 had not impacted commuter flow on the route. Instead, there had been a surge as commuters were giving preference to the metro instead of the crowded Andheri-Kurla road. About 60 per cent of the commuters had switched from tokens to smart cards within the first two months of inception of commercial service. About 40 per cent of the commuters were using tokens.