Supreme Court rejects MMOPL petition against interim stay on Metro-I fare hike

Mumbai : The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected the special leave petition filed by Reliance Infrastructure-led Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd (MMOPL) against the Bombay High Court’s interim order to stay the fare hike of the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro corridor.

On December 17, 2015, the Bombay High Court stayed the proposed fare hike stating that the operator should not increase the fare until the final hearing of the petition.

The Supreme Court bench comprising justices Arun Mishra and M Y Eqbal asked MMOPL to approach the high court itself. The bench further said that it is not going to hear the plea against the interim order, and requested the HC to hear the matter as early as possible.

According to sources, MMOPL had moved the SC with the intention that the plea, if accepted, would help them vacate the stay over the fare hike and allow them to go ahead with revising the fares.

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), a 26-per cent stakeholder in MMOPL, had challenged the proposed hike by the operators of the Metro network. MMOPL had announced that the fares would be increased in five slabs of Rs 10-20-25-35 and 45 as per the recommendations of the Fare Fixation Committee (FFC). The fare was to be hiked from December 1. Currently, there are four fare slabs of Rs 10-20-30 and 40 for the 11.4 km corridor.

The next hearing of this petition is on Friday, January 29. Sanjay Nirupam, head of the Congress Party in Mumbai too had filed an intervention application challenging the fare hike. His petition was taken up along with MMRDA’s petition.

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