Delay in forming fare panel cost Mumbai Metro commuters dearly: activist

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By VINAYA DESHPANDE  www.thehindu.com

After seven months, several court strictures and two adverse judgments, the Union government has finally woken up to the woes of Mumbaikars who are now paying double for their Metro ride.

A Fare Fixation Committee (FFC) has been appointed under the chairpersonship of retired Justice E. Padmanabhan, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced on Twitter on Saturday. But activists have said the step is “too less, too late.”

“Mumbaikars have to pay double for their Metro ride now. This is due to the inaction of the Central government. It happened because the government failed to appoint the Fare Fixation Committee at right time, and because the Metro Act itself allows the operating body to decide its fares,” RTI activist Anil Galgali said.

He has written to the Centre and State governments seeking an amendment to the Metro Act. “The Act should be amended, and the government be given the right to change fares so that Mumbaikars are not plundered in future,” he said. More info

 

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