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Taking a firm stance on the row over building a Metro car shed at Aarey, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday said shifting the project elsewhere would not be beneficial to Mumbai’s development.
Having set a steep target of rolling out Metro rail corridors in all major cities of the state, the Maharashtra government has roped in E Sreedharan, former Delhi Metro chief, to step in as an advisor to the government on various issues related to the Metro works.
Ola Money, the popular digital payment solution from Ola, India’s leading mobile app for transportation, today announced that it has partnered with Mumbai Metro, which will enable commuters to recharge their prepaid metrocards by using the Ola Money app.
Even as citizen groups and political parties continue to vociferously oppose the proposed construction of a depot for the Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ Metro Line III in Aarey Colony, the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) has sent a formal proposal to the state’s Urban Development Department, stating that it wants to construct the depot on a 24-hectare plot in Aarey, in the greater interest of the public.
Former Mumbai mayor Shiv Sena's Shubha Raul has sought reopening a proposal with regards to Mumbai Metro line-3.
Reliance Infra-led Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd (MMOPL), which built and runs Mumbai’s first metro route, has taken back its consent for an audit of Mumbai Metro by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG). The development may lead to hurdles for the audit, which has been pending for over two years. The state government officials said they did not know the reasons behind the MMOPL’s decision but maintained that the development will not impact the audit. Nitin Kareer, principal secretary, urban development department, said “We do not know why MMOPL is not ready for the audit. It has not given reasons for taking back its consent. The metro fare hike is related to the project cost and so the CAG audit is necessary. We have written to the CAG several times and are hopeful it will be carried out in larger public interest.” Meanwhile, MMOPL said the CAG audit was in conflict with the undergoing arbitration process with Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA). The MMRDA is nodal agency for the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar (VAG) metro line, which was developed by the MMOPL on public-private partnership mode.