The increased fare of Rs 20 from Tuesday did not seem to have any affect on commuters using the 11.04-km Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar metro.
MMOPL claimed that the decision for not hiking maximum fare to Rs 40 was taken after the overwhelming response from Mumbaikars. The temporary fare hike is still lower than the maximum ticket price charged by BEST buses of Rs 25, for the same distance. File pic
After the promotional run of flat Rs 10 for a month, the now regular passengers on the new metro were not troubled about the new ticket price of Rs 10-15-20. Smart card users travelling end to end will have to pay only Rs 15, which is expected to increase its sale.
After the one-month run of the new metro, Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL) announced the new ticket fares, effective from July 8. MMOPL claimed that the decision for not hiking maximum fare to Rs 40 was taken after the overwhelming response from Mumbaikars.
The temporary fare hike is still lower than the maximum ticket price charged by BEST buses of Rs 25, for the same distance. There was no drop in the number of passengers using the metro on Tuesday. Commuters seemed ready to shell out more, as they feel that the new public transport not only helps them save time, but also provides a safe and hassle-free journey.
Vijay Waghela commuter
The best part about the metro is fast connectivity between eastern and western suburbs, so I don’t mind paying extra to reach my destination on time. I personally feel that people would not have minded paying R40 as well.
Ratnakar Sawant commuter
I know that the ticket prices were going to increase after a month. It is good to see that MMOPL is giving discounts to smart card users, which will help decrease the long queues.
We are getting one of the best forms of transport and I don’t mind shelling extra money for it. The good part about hike in fares is that it will reduce the number of people coming for joyrides.