Your journey on Versova-Andheri- Ghatkopar metro line will get costlier from December 1 as the operator, Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd (MMOPL), has announced an increase of Rs5 in fares.
After the new fares are implemented, the minimum fare will remain the same - Rs10, while maximum fare will rise from Rs40 to Rs45.
Despite a green light from the Centre-appointed fare fixation committee (FFC) in July, the MMOPL decided not to implement higher fares (up to Rs110) over concerns of losing commuters and, thus, revenue. The FFC was appointed by the Centre to revise metro fares.
However, the MMOPL made the decision to increase the fares, citing huge losses it has incurred since the services started last June.
Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), which is nodal agency for the metro project, has filed a writ petition in the Bombay high court challenging the recommendations of the FFC. The high court will hear the matter on December 3.
Slamming the recent move the hike the metro fares, city Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) general secretary Vivekanand Gupta said, “Increasing metro fares is another way of looting the common man. No fare hikes should be allowed until the CAG audit of the project is complete.”
Revised metro fare chart
Present fare slab: Rs10-20-30-40
After Dec 1: Rs10-20-25-35-45
Present fare slab: Rs10-15-25-30
After Dec 1: Rs10-20-22.50-30-35
Smart card holders
Fare slabs: Rs10-20-22-29-34 (They will pay discounted fares)
From December 1, short-term pass and long-term pass will cost Rs725 and Rs950, respectively. The fare will be up by Re1 for the passes that will have 45 trips.