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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.
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.
Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd (MMOPL) is now giving its commuters an opportunity to voice their opinions through a photography competition.
The minimum and maximum Metro fares will be Rs 10 and Rs 40 when the 12-km Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar (VAG) corridor opens. The cost of a ride on the Metro will work out to roughly 1.5 times the current BEST bus fare for a given distance.
The Research Design & Standard Organisation (RDSO) has finished conducting safety tests on the corridor and will soon send a report to the commissioner of the Metro Rail Safety with its observations.
The Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar metro rail made its first full-route trial on Saturday taking the much-delayed project closer to commissioning than ever before.
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