Mumbai Metro: Are MMRDA officials upset with FFC's report to MMOPL that can lead to fare hikes?

Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) officials seem to be unhappy with the report submitted by Fare Fixation Committee to Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL) which might allow the operator of the 11.07 Km Versova Andheri Ghatkopar metro line one to increase the fares and so the planning authority might approach Supreme Court.

It is said that the FFC in its report submitted to MMOPL on Thursday evening has stated that the operator can increase the fares rates between Rs 10 and Rs 110. At present the commuters using the 11.04 Km VAG metro corridor pay fares of Rs 10, Rs 20, Rs 30 and Rs 40. At present around 2.8 lakh passengers use the VAG metro everyday and so it might not increase the fares by higher rates but it might gradually increase the rates.

When mid day asked a senior MMRDA official that has it received the report, the official said, “ I have read about the same in the news reports and given by what I have read , I would like to say that this is not acceptable at all and we would approach the supreme court against the same .”

The MMRDA official also claimed that they had even demanded for the copy of the report from MMOPL but MMRDA was told that only one copy was given. The MMRDA has also written to MMOPL to provide a copy of the report.

Sources from MMRDA requesting anonymity claimed that two of the FFC members had mentioned observations from side of the MMOPL but one of the member has said that fares should be less and affordable.

What MMOPL has to say?
MMOPL Spokesperson said, "MMOPL is examining the FFC Report submitted on 8th July, and will work towards phased implementation of the FFC recommendations, with gradual fare increases together with the mitigating impact of potential real estate development and subsidy from the State Govt., and keeping in mind at all times the overall interest of our valued commuters."

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