HC defers hearing on Mumbai Metro fare hike till February 11

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Mumbai | January 30, 2016 1:35 AM

Commuters of Mumbai’s first metro will continue to pay existing fares till February 11. The Bombay High Court also pulled up both the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority...

Commuters of Mumbai’s first metro will continue to pay existing fares till February 11. The Bombay High Court also pulled up both the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) and Reliance Infrastructure-led metro operator for “misleading” the Supreme Court in a case related to the Mumbai Metro fare hike.

Adjourning the matter, justices A S Oka and C V Bhadang asked how both the parties could not inform the SC that the HC at the last hearing did not pass any ad-interim relief with regard to MMRDA’s plea seeking a stay on the proposed hike in fares. The court said that the SC should have informed that there was no ad-interim relief granted by the High Court.

“We will grant you both half hour each and finish the matter,” the HC said. The counsel appearing for the respective parties sought time to go back to the SC and get a clarification made.

Commuters of the metro have been paying existing fares after HC on December 17, 2015 refused to allow its operator to hike fares owing to the recent recommendations made by the Fare Fixation Committee (FFC) constituted by the Centre. It sought to hear the matter “in-depth” before finally deciding if the fare hike as desired by the Reliance-Infrastructure (RInfra)-led metro operator is justified. Accordingly, they had posted the hearing on Friday.

Thereafter, metro operator MMOPL, being aggrieved over the HC order, moved the Supreme Court.

The SC refused to interfere while directing the case back to the HC and directing the HC to decide it on February 29.

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