The service on the Yellow Line of Delhi Metro has started from Monday. DMRC MD Mangu Singh has said that if trains come from behind, shuttle service will run for passengers from the middle stations
- Delhi Metro MD said, no hope of congestion in trains yet
- Shuttle service for middle stations if there is more congestion
- DMRC seeks financial help from Delhi and Central Government
- Suggestion to Employers, change the timings so that employees do not come in peak hours
The Delhi Metro, which is called the Pride of Delhi, has returned to track after about 5 months, but will it run as fast as before? If the crowd increases, then how will social distancing happen? Will passengers be reduced. How will the Delhi Metro recover from the financial injury it has suffered in the last 5 months? Will Delhi Metro increase fares for this to put burden on passengers? If fewer passengers are allowed in the train, then passengers from the middle stations will not be allowed to board the train, what arrangements has the Metro made for them? Gulshan Rai Khatri and Prashant Soni spoke to Delhi Metro MD Mangu Singh regarding all these issues .
Question: Due to Corona, the stalled metro has been resumed from today for about 5 months. Will the problems of the metro be reduced now?
answer :The Delhi Metro has suffered major financial losses due to the closure of the metro service. Before the start of Corona, Delhi Metro earned Rs 10 crore on average every day, but it stopped, while its expenses remained the same. Therefore, in these 5 months, the Delhi Metro has lost 1500 to 1700 crore rupees. During this period, the salaries of the employees, the expenses incurred on maintaining the system remained intact. Due to reduced power consumption, its cost was reduced slightly, but in that too, fix charge had to be given. Due to this, the financial health of Delhi Metro has been serious.
Question: But now the metro service has started. Will it improve anything?
Answer: There will not be much. Now our average income is expected to be Rs 2 to 3 crores, but at the moment our focus is not on income. Running the metro is necessary to create a positive environment. People’s trust should be restored. In addition, we want to prevent corona infection. This is why we do not want a large number of people to use the metro. The same people travel by metro, who have to go through very important work. Question: But when all the metro lines start from September 12, then the crowd will increase along with that?
Answer: I do not think the former situation will come so soon. Anyway, schools and colleges are closed now. Most people working in private companies are doing work from home. People who roam around are also getting less. After September 12, the number of passengers will increase when all lines are started. But we want social distancing to be followed in the metro, so we are appealing that only those who need it, travel in the metro. We also suggest to the employees that they should change the working time in such a way that their employees do not have to travel in the metro during peak hours. However, we will run trains at full capacity from September 12 and will run more trains in non peak hours.
Question: Yet if more people reach the metro, then how will you control the situation?
answer :Where the problem starts, we will keep our focus there and control the crowd from there ie from the main gates of the metro stations. For this reason, we have not opened all the gates of metro stations and have decided to give entry from some gates only, so that the movement of passengers can be monitored well and crowd control can also be done. If we felt that there was too much congestion at the station, on the platform, or in the train, we would prevent people from going in at the gate, so that no more crowds would gather inside. The same system will remain in force after 12th and we will not open all the gates of metro stations.