By Accommodation Times News Services
City’s development authority Mumbai Metropolitan Region Authority has decided to appeal in court against the Fare Fixation Committee (FFC) recommendations on increasing fare of the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro to Rs. 110 from the present Rs. 40. If the recommendation is approved this will be the second hike after the launch of Metro train.
The authority is also upset as the FFC report, submitted to MMOPL on 8th July is still not been shared with the MMRDA.
An official from MMRDA said, “We have asked the MMOPL to share the FFC report with us but it hasn’t been given to us yet.”As per the Metro Railway Act, 2002, the FFC is to submit the report to the Metro railway administrator, which is MMOPL.
According to officials, increasing the fare on such a high note will be unfair towards the commuters, as they won’t be able to afford such a high travelling cost. But, as the FFC has recommended hike in fare rates, MMOPL will have to levy the rate hike, as according to section 37 of the Metro Railway Act, 2002, states that the FFC recommendations will be binding on the Metro railway administrator.
Though, Additional Metropolitan Commissioner Sanjay Sethi stated that the MMRDA would be challenging the FFC recommendation on fare hike in the Supreme Court.