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HC seeks govt’s reply onMumbai metro price hike by Sep 1


Mumbai: The Bombay High Court today asked the central govt to file an affidavit in the Mumbai Metro fare hike issue by Sep 1 but declined to put a stay on operator Reliance Infrastructure Ltd’s plan to hike fares.

The Anil Ambani group company though said it will continue to offer the discounted fares of 10 rupees, 15 rupees and 20 rupees till Sep 30.

In a previous hearing the high court had asked the Central govt to look into the price issue.

The court also directed the central government and State Urban Development Department to form a fare-fixation committee.

Earlier, a single bench of the Bombay High Court had rejected the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority’s plea challenging the fare hike.

The state government had then challenged the order before a division bench of the Bombay High Court. Reliance Infrastructure’s arm Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd had decided to hike the metro fares to 10-40 rupees from 9-13 rupees the state government had asked for.

The government had argued that Reliance Infrastructure cannot hike prices arbitrarily and unilaterally.

MMRDA had appealed to the high court against Mumbai Metro One’s right to fix the initial fares for the metro line.

The next hearing on the matter is scheduled to take place on Sep 1. Shares of Reliance Infrastructure closed 0.6% down at 752.50 rupees on National Stock Exchange.

Kanimozhi alleged that NGO Centre for Public Interest, which was made a respondent in the matter,