Date of Post : 12 Nov, 2018
Mumbai: The MMRDA (Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority) is planning to form an agency to operate and maintain all upcoming metro corridors in the city.
“We have planned to create our own agency to operate and maintain the new metro corridors. The study for the same has already begun,” said R.A. Rajeev, metropolitan commissioner, MMRDA.
- The agency will be formed by next year till the operations of metro 2A (Dahisar to D.N. Nagar) begin, he said.
- Towards this, officials from MMRDA will travel to Hong Kong and Singapore to study their operations system.
- While Hong Kong has MTR (Mass Transit Rail), Singapore has SMRT corporation, a multi-modal transport system operator.
- Currently, the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar (line-1) corridor is operated by the MMOPL (Mumbai Metro One Private Ltd).
- MMOPL is a JV (Joint Venture) SPV (Special Purpose Vehicle) between Reliance Infra and MMRDA with Reliance Infra owning 75% stake.
- The Delhi Metro has its own agency named the DMRC (Delhi Metro Rail Corporation), which looks after the Operations & Maintenance of all metro corridors.
- The fare structure of the upcoming metro lines will be same as currently applicable in Metro line-1, Rajeev had said.
- Mumbai Metro One, the city’s first 11.4km long corridor, operates on the high-traffic Versova-Andheri- Ghatkopar section and it currently has a fare slab of Rs 10 to 40.
- He said,”Fare slab of Rs 10 to 40 is quite justifiable and fare. The fare slab of Rs 10, 20, 30 and 40 are quite reasonable.”
- Two more metro lines are under different stages of construction.
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