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The Union Government today told the Bombay High Court that the fare fixation committee for the Mumbai Metro was yet to be appointed. A division bench, headed by Chief Justice Mohit Shah, asked the government to file an affidavit by September 18 explaining the procedure followed by it to appoint the committee.
The Reliance Infrastructure-led Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd (MMOPL) has announced that it will issue 5 lakh smart cards and 4 lakh smart tokens for passengers who will be using Mumbai’s first metro rail once it is opened to the public.
Despite missing five deadlines for the completion of the city’s first metro project, the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar corridor is yet to be completed with the latest deadlibe being scheduled for May 2013.
Will an elevated metro running with a pantograph and other Over Head Equipment (OHE) pose a threat to commuters in the trains as well as to motorists plying under it? If the officials of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) are to be believed, then the threat is very much real.
Work on the Ghatkopar metro station is going strong. Mumbai Metro One (MM1) officials say that 80% of the work will be complete before the monsoon season breaks into the city. Krishnaprasad Maheshwari, director, MM1, said that almost 80% of the station is complete. "We estimate that almost six lakh people will travel daily between Versova and Ghatkopar; 70% of them will travel between Ghatkopar and Andheri.
Social networks and picture-sharing websites are aflush with complaints and photographs posted by residents affected by the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar corridor of the Mumbai Metro. They protest that roads were built to accommodate traffic metres away, not rail tracks outside the window.