By Surendra Gangan and Saurabh Katkurwar, Hindustan Times
Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has expressed strong disapproval to the recent hike in metro fares recommended by the center-appointed fare fixation committee (FFC), saying the state government will challenge the decision in the Supreme Court.
Currently, Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd charges between Rs 10 and Rs 40 to travel on the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar route. The fare committee has reportedly suggested keeping the Rs 10 fare for Versova to DN Nagar and increasing it by Rs 10 for every subsequent station.
This means the journey from Versova to Ghatkopar, which currently costs Rs 40, would cost Rs 110. MMOPL claims it will increase fares ‘gradually’, but the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), which the CM heads, has been demanding much lower fares – Rs 9 to Rs 13. More info