By Manthank Mehta | TNN
Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd (MMOPL) has filed a special leave petition (SLP) in the Supreme Court against the Bombay high court decision to grant a stay on the fare hike proposed by the fare fixation committee (FFC).
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) had approached the Bombay high court in August over the hike, which the state government had cited as “steep”. On December 17, the high court, in an interim order, stayed the proposal for the fare hike. A division bench of Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Gautam Patel said they would first consider the FFC report and then give a ruling on the validity of the hike.
An MMRDA official said, “The matter is likely to be heard in the Supreme Court on January 27, ahead of the high court hearing on January 29.”
MMOPL has taken an aggressive stand on the fare issue as it has also withdrawn its consent for a full audit of the project, which was to be carried out by the comptroller and auditor general (CAG). MMOPL
has claimed there is no need for the CAG audit now as the matter is sub judice and that MMRDA has also invoked the arbitration clause. More info