Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan
Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan

Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan today made it clear that the government was firm on Reliance Infrastructure running the Mumbai Metro on the ticket fares decided upon earlier.

“We have filed a petition in the high court yesterday (Friday) against the arbitrary tariff hike by Reliance,” Chavan said.

“Reliance cannot hike the fares without consulting the tariff fixation committee,” he said.

After the Railway Board’s nod to Maharashtra’s first metro rail–Mumbai Metro (Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar corridor)–a decision on the fare hike was awaited the last couple of days.

While Reliance Infra has demanded further increase in metro rail fares, the state government has been insisting that the fare hike approved in September last year be retained.

In September 2013, the CM had increased ticket fares as per the clauses of the concession agreement signed between Reliance Infra and state authorities.

The hearing on the petition filed by the government will be on Monday, Chavan said. “Whatever the tariff committee decides will be acceptable to the government.”

On attending the inauguration of the Metro on Sunday morning, the chief minister said he would attend the event provided Reliance Infra abides by the decision of the tariff fixation committee.

Earlier, Chavan said at a press conference that he would not attend the inauguration if Reliance Infra hiked the fares.

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