The state government’s plan to launch a one-ticket system for all public transport modes in the city by the end of December has hit a stumbling block, as state authorities and railways were unable to agree on how commuters will pay for tickets.
With the integrated ticketing system, more than one crore commuters can access all of the city’s public transport modes — suburban trains, metro, monorail, buses, autorickshaws and taxis — using a single card or mobile app. While the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), which is executing the project, has invited tenders, until the railways — used by 75 lakh people a day — agrees on a payments system, the project will remain incomplete.
To resolve this, CM Devendra Fadnavis wrote to the Union railway minister Piyush Goyal, requesting for a meeting. “The CM wrote to the minister in July. He has since spoken to him, and Mr Goyal assured him of a meeting,’’ said a senior official from the state secretariat. Read More
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