The stay imposed by the Bombay high court on Mumbai Metro fare hikes will continue at least for another month as the court on Wednesday rejected a plea seeking an early hearing.
A division bench led by justice AS Oka has now scheduled the hearing for March 18 this year.
The adjournment came after the Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL), a subsidiary company of Reliance Infra, informed the high court that its plea seeking a clarification from the Supreme Court is scheduled to come up for hearing in about two weeks’ time.
The high court is hearing a bunch of petitions, including one filed by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), which challenge proposals to hike fares.
On the next date of hearing, HC will also hear some public interest litigations seeking that the existing fares be reduced and that MMOPL be restrained from leasing land as per the concessionaire agreement.
Last year, the fare fixation committee (FFC) had submitted a report approving a fare hike and MMOPL had also proposed a hike in fares by up to Rs5 from December 1, 2015, citing heavy losses.
FFC had approved a price band of Rs10 to Rs110 instead of the existing price band of Rs10 to Rs40 for the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar metro route.
However, the high court, in an interim order, had stayed both the proposals advocating the hike in fares.
MMOPL then challenged the order in the Supreme Court but the apex court refused to interfere and sent the plea back to HC. MMOPL, however, filed another plea in the apex court seeking some clarifications on its order.