New Delhi, India (Urban Transport News): For the first time, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has handed over the responsibility of operating the Metro Trains on the Yellow Line to a private agency JMD Consultants Pvt. Ltd. The 70 drivers appointed by the agency have also taken over the responsibility of running the metro trains after completing their training.
It is being told that DMRC has taken this step due to the financial crisis. At present, the responsibility of operating the Metro trains on the Yellow Line for three years has been entrusted to a private agency. After this, preparations are being made to hand over the responsibility of operation on all other lines of Delhi Metro to a private agency in a phased manner.
DMRC was engaged in outsourcing preparations for a long time to reduce the cost of operations. The employees of Delhi Metro had also opposed this. Despite this, a private agency was appointed to operate the Yellow Line. The JMD Consultants has so far appointed 153 metro train operators (drivers). According to the agreement between DMRC and the private agency, the responsibility of training the drivers will be of DMRC.
70 drivers have completed their training at Delhi Metro Rail Academy located in Shastri Park so far. Apart from this, training of 83 drivers is still going on. The total length of Samaypur Badli to HUDA City Center to Yellow Line is 49.31 kms. DMRC says that the drivers appointed by the private agency will operate the metro only under the supervision of the department. The responsibility of the private agency is to provide the driver only. The responsibility of maintenance of trains will remain with DMRC.
The responsibility of cleanliness and token sale of metro stations has already been with private agencies. For the first time, the responsibility of operating any line of Delhi Metro has been given to a private company. With this, DMRC will not have to appoint train drivers on a permanent basis. At present, the Delhi Metro has 10 lines, with a total network of 348 km and 253 metro stations. The responsibility of operating on all these 10 lines will be entrusted to a private agency.
The loss of the metro has increased in the era of Corona. Because the operation of the metro was closed for a long time in the lockdown. Even now the metro is operating with about 10 percent capacity. Due to this, the passengers are facing problems in their journey. At the same time, the financial loss of the metro is also being suffered.
In the last financial year 2020-21, DMRC got only 895.88 crore revenue from metro operations, feeder buses and rental of properties. Whereas in its last year, DMRC's earnings were 3897.29 crores. In comparison, this time the income of Rs 3001.40 crore has decreased. However, the Metro got an assistance of about 1242.28 crores from the central government. The central government paid 808.70 crores to repay the loan of Japan's agency and 433.85 crores to pay the interest of the loan. Still DMRC has suffered a loss of 1784 crores.