Mumbai: Commuters will have to pay a minimum of Rs 5 and maximum of Rs 19 for a ride on the country’s first monorail in Mumbai. Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has approved the rates for ticket fares for the service. The state Urban Development (UD) department will now issue the fare order.
The fares will be revised every 10 years. Chavan has accorded powers to the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) to revise rates in future. With the CM keen to project the monorail service as a showpiece project in the run-up to general and assembly polls, the state government is keen to commence commercial operations for the project’s first phase — an 8.3 km route between Chembur and Wadala — latest by January-end.
The corridor spans over 20 km, connecting Chembur to Jacob Circle in the island city. A senior state official said the service will have uniform fare unlike the suburban railway system, which has separate fares for the first-class and second-class coaches. The monorail will not have differential cars in the rake.
The maximum fare for the first phase next year will be Rs 11. Chavan also compared BEST fares before approving the rates. A senior official said the fares were capped at 1.5 times the BEST fare for the same distance.
An automated fare collection system at all stations is proposed. The MMRDA has awarded the contract for setting up the system to a global consortium. A senior official said the system will enable purchase of pre-paid tickets. The official added that it would also offer a platform for an integrated ticketing system for various transport modes. The agency has projected a revenue of Rs 75 crore in the first year. Of this, Rs 63 crore is expected to be raised through ticket fares, and the rest from advertisement rights and other sources.
Chavan is now expected to approve rules for ticketing and offences and opening rules for the service.
Up to 3 Kms- Rs.5
3-5 Kms – Rs.7
5-7 Kms – Rs.9
7-10 Kms – Rs.11
10-15 Kms – Rs.14
15-20 Kms – Rs.15
Over 20 Kms – Rs.19