Mumbai Metro ridership crosses 1 crore

Mumbai Metro’s total ridership crossed 1 crore on Sunday, two days before the transit system completes one month of operations. The Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar service was launched on June 8 and so far, the 16 metro trains have made over 13,000 trips, covering 1.5 lakh km. Mumbai Metro was launched after a delay of six years, but it has won over commuters by offering a clean and comfortable ride in air-conditioned coaches.
On its first day, 2.4 lakh people rode the metro. The next day, the ridership rose to 2.92 lakh. Despite uncertainty over the fare model, the number of people travelling by metro has grown: around 5 lakh people now travel by metro every day. The operator, Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL), and the state government are wrangling over the fare structure. While Reliance Infrastructure-led MMOPL wants to hike the rates, the government wants it to stick to the fare structure decided before the launch.

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