A total freeze on earnings, which has lasted 76 days now, coupled with the prospect of having to run sparsely crowded coaches even when services resume and the likelihood of people avoiding public transport are some of the concerns the Delhi Metro is having to grapple with.
As per official records maintained by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), the company earns an average of Rs 9 crore as revenue from ridership on a usual weekday. This excludes the DMRC’s earnings from sources such as advertisements, property development, feeder buses and consultancy.
A look at its earnings shows that even on March 21, the last day of services before the lockdown began, DMRC had earned Rs 2.7 crore from ridership. That day, a little over 9.6 lakh people had used the network for commuting, below the daily average which hovers between 26-32 lakh.