No hike in Metro fares till Jan 29, rules HC

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The Bom­bay high court on Thurs­day tem­po­rar­ily stayed the pro­posal to hike metro fares on the Verso­vaGhatkopar cor­ri­dor.

A di­vi­sion bench of j us­tice Ab­hay Oka and jus­tice Gau­tam Pa­tel tem­po­rar­ily re­strained op­er­a­tor Mum­bai Metro One Pri­vate Lim­ited ( MMOPL) from putting into ef­fect its pro­posed fare hike. The bench posted pe­ti­tions filed by the Mum­bai Met­ro­pol­i­tan Re­gion De­vel­op­ment Author­ity (MMRDA) and Congress leader San­jay Niru­pam — both of which chal­lenge the fare fix­a­tion com­mit­tee’s rec­om­men­da­tions — for hear­ing on Jan­uary 29.

MMRDA had filed a pe­ti­tion against the fare fix­a­tion com­mit­tee’s rec­om­men­da­tions that al­lowed a price band of Rs10 to Rs110.

The com­mit­tee com­prised of re­tired jus­tice E Pad­man­ab­han, for­mer law sec­re­tary TK Vish­wanathan and for­mer chief sec­re­tary Jayant Ku­mar Ban­thia. Ban­thia, how­ever, had dis­agreed with the rec­om­men­da­tions.

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