Mumbai: MMRDA establishes new body to run Metro corridors

The Maharashtra government has formed a new body to run the Metro corridors in Mumbai. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has established the Maha Mumbai Metro Operation Corporation Limited (MMOCL) to run the upcoming Metro corridors.

According to Hindustan Times, the MMOCL will carry out the “business and operation” of the upcoming 13 Metro corridors in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). The MMRDA had got the Centre's approval to set up MMOCL on June 10 and now it is finalising a logo for the company. The MMOCL will operate from Bandra-Kurla Complex office. The idea behind forming MMOCL is to integrate the operations and maintenance of all Metro corridors under one authority.

The state government has written to Centre to bring Metro-3 (Colaba-Bandra-Seepz) under the MMOCL after its construction is completed. Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis approved the establishment of the company in November 2018. MMOCL will be an autonomous body, with the metropolitan commissioner of MMRDA as its chairman. The MMRDA has also invited applications to fill in 1,100 posts in MMOCL. Dilip Kawathkar, joint projects director, MMRDA told the Hindustan Times, “We have invited applications by June 25. The company will be set up under MMRDA and undertake all Metro operations.” MMOCL will run using the ticketing and non-ticketing revenue earned from all Metro corridors.

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