The lockdown issued from April 19 in the capital Delhi has not only affected the market and employment but is also causing huge losses to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation. The Delhi Metro, running at a loss of more than Rs 3000 crore, is now running in Delhi-NCR with passengers of even less capacity due to the lockdown. Before the Coronavirus infection in March 2020, Delhi Metro had a daily earning of Rs 10 crore, but remained closed for 6 consecutive months thereafter. Delhi Metro started operating in the first week of September, but with less passenger capacity, which continues till now. However, officials have kept silence over the loss of Delhi Metro.
Lockdown gave a big shock
Till now the Delhi Metro was speeding up with very less jiggery, but the lockdown imposed in Delhi since April 19 has started hurting it again financially. In Delhi, metro services have been cut in view of the upcoming lockdown till May 3. During the lockdown in Delhi, the service of Delhi Metro will not be the same as daily. During this time, morning and evening will run at half-an-hour interval and rest time at one-hour interval. Not only this, till May 3, Delhi Metro is running on all routes between 8 am to 10 am and in the evening between 5 pm and 7 am at half-an-hour interval. At the same time, the metro service is running at an interval of one hour between the rest of the time. On behalf of Delhi Metro, it has been told that the metro service will continue on all routes at this time. Only those who are allowed to travel during the lockdown will be able to travel. It is evident that many companies and factories are closed due to the lockdown. This has stopped traffic and the number of people who are commuting is very less.
The number of passengers kept decreasing continuously
Let us tell you that Delhi Metro Rail Corporation suffered heavy losses due to the nationwide lockdown imposed due to Corona epidemic during March to August. DMRC lost more than Rs 1500 crore from March 2020 to August 2020 due to the closure of the metro operations. According to DMRC, the Delhi Metro remained closed from March 22 to September 7 due to the Corona period. During this time, DMRC had a loss of 1600 crores. After this, when the metro started operating, even then people are avoiding traveling towards the metro earlier.
During the unlock, the Delhi Metro started in a phased manner from the first week of September, but with very low passenger numbers. After this, Delhi Metro suffered a loss of Rs 1,200 crore from September to January 2021.
Spending increased, but earnings decreased
Due to corona virus infection and danger, sanitizer, cleanliness and other items for prevention of corona have also increased the cost of DMRC. This has also increased the cost of operating the Delhi Metro, but has not increased earnings.
Before the lockdown, DMRC’s earnings were Rs 10 crore per day
Before the lockdown i.e. before March 2020, Delhi Metro was generating revenue of about 10 crores every day. Even the Delhi Metro had increased the number of passengers during the movement in Shaheen Bagh for about 3 months due to the Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Citizenship Register. Earnings also increased during this period. During this period, the number of Delhi Metro passengers sometimes reached above 50 lakhs. Earnings were also increased in this ratio. According to the data, before the Kovid-19 pandemic, about 62 lakh passengers used to travel in the Delhi Metro every day, but now this number has now decreased manifold.