The minimum fare in the Mumbai Metro is Rs 10 and maximum is Rs 40.  The Mumbai Metro has been constructed by Reliance Infrastructure (RInfra).

However, Chavan is not happy with the fares and has decided to pursue the matter vehemently. The Chief Minister has refused to inaugurate the Mumbai Metro if the fares are not reduced, according to reports.

The Mumbai Metro is India's first metro railway project implemented on a public-private partnership model by a consortium headed by RInfra since 2007, at a total cost of around Rs.4,300 crore.

The 11.4 km long Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar east-west corridor with 12 elevated stations en route is set to become operational from Sunday, proving to be a boon for Mumbaikars, especially with monsoon around the corner.

The Metro service will start 5:30 am and continue till midnight, serving the glamour and IT centres of Versova and the business and manufacturing areas of Ghatkopar at a speed of 80 kmph.

Around 6,00,000 commuters are expected to travel by the Mumbai Metro at affordable ticket rates.

There will be 250 services both ways in air-conditioned comfort, at intervals of around four minutes, covering the distance between Versova to Ghatkopar within 21 minutes.

Presently, the east-west corridor between Versova-Ghatkopar has no suburban train link and is serviced by either BEST public buses or cabs, taking around 90-120 minutes, depending on traffic density and other factors.

The 12 stations are conveniently located, starting with Versova, DN Nagar, Azad Nagar, Andheri, Western Express Highway (WEH), Chakala, Airport Road, Marol Naka, Saki Naka, Subhash Nagar, Asalpha Road and terminating at Ghatkopar.

A special purpose vehicle, MMOPL was incorporated for the implementation of the mega project, in which RInfra holds 69 percent of the equity, Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority holds 26 percent and the remaining five percent is held by Veolia Transport RATP Asia, France.

With the commissioning of Phase-I's first line (Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar), Mumbai will wait for the Colaba-Bandra-Charkop (38.24 km) line and Bandra-Kurla-Mankhurd (13.37 km) line totalling to a network stretching 62.68 km.

Phase-II will include Charkop-Dahisar (7.5 km), Ghatkopar-Mulund (12.4 km) followed by Phase-III comprising BKC-Kanjurmarg via Mumbai Airport (19.5 km), Andheri east-Dahisar east (18 km), Hutatma Chowk-Ghatkopar (21.8 km) and Sewri-Prabhadevi (3.5 km).

The entire Mumbai Metro project will be 146.5 km and is estimated to cost nearly Rs.20,000 crore, scheduled to be completed by 2021.


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