Mumbai Metro Starts


By Adi Narayan and Rakteem Katakey

Mumbai’s metro rail, delayed since 2011 and heading for a dispute with the government over fares, began service yesterday with thousands crowding the station to witness Hindu priests offer blessings.

Photographer: Kalpak Pathak/Hindustan Times via Getty Images Mumbai Metro opens to the public on June 8, 2014 in Mumbai, India.

Indian billionaire Anil Ambani-controlled Reliance Infrastructure Ltd. (RELI)’s unit Mumbai Metro One Pvt. will charge a promotional 10 rupees (17 cents) for a one-way ticket for the first 30 days, and later increase it to as much as 40 rupees, according to its website.

The regional government wants it to charge between 9 rupees and 13 rupees in accordance with a contract it signed, Business Standard reported yesterday, citing Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan. More info