It was because they were earlier relying on either buses or ride-hailing aggregators, besides private modes of transport. The total ridership stood at 249,884 on Monday evening — this was the first working day after all lines became operational.
Besides Delhi Metro, other privately run Metro networks, including Hyderabad Metro, also started functioning from September 7. It started with 19,000 passengers on the first day and gradually increased to 31,000 on the third day. Monday’s ridership for Hyderabad Metro was around 45,000, according to sources.
DMRC made losses to the tune of Rs 1,690 crore during the 169-day period it was closed, thereby forcing the Centre-state public sector company to resort to stringent cost-cutting measures, including freezing staff allowances.
Besides train tickets, the Corporation also earns revenue from advertising and rentals from the retail outlets at the Metro stations.
DMRC had halted services on March 22 amid fears of the spread of the novel coronavirus.
During the shutdown, it had incurred a revenue loss of around Rs 10 crore per day on average.
DMRC had also received loans from the Japan International Cooperation Agency. Although DMRC is responsible for loan repayment, it had been taken from JICA by the Centre, whom the DMRC repays.