Mumbai: In a set-back to the Congress-NCP government in Maharashtra, the Centre has allowed Reliance Infrastructure-promoted Mumbai Metro to decide its own fare structure.
This will allow RInfra to fix the fares at higher rate than the one notified by the state government.
The company today expressed hope that it will be able to operationalise the much-delayed Metro in May with the development.
Fare was one of the issues that had delayed the commencement of Metro services.
“The Union Urban Department ministry has brought the Mumbai MetroOne under the Central Metro Act, which allows us to fix the fare structure. Therefore, the fares notified by the state earlier are no longer applicable,” Mumbai MetroOne chief executive Abhay Mishra told PTI today.
As per the state government’s notification, the minimum fare was to be Rs 9 and maximum Rs 13 in the first year.