New Delhi, India (Metro Rail Today): While struggeling with financial crunch, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (DMRC) is trying to generate additional revenue from out of the farebox to survive in national capital. The corporation has recently submitted bids for providing consultancy services for four international metro rail projects.
Last month, DMRC submitted bidding documents to acquire consultancy works for a metro rail projects in Alexandria in Egypt. Earlier this week, DMRC bid to build an entire metro rail corridor in Mauritious. Three more metro rail networks in Tel Aviv Metroin Israel, Manama Metro in Bahrain and Ho Chinh Minh City in Vietnam.
DMRC is also focussing on other rail-based solutions which are smaller in capacity but can cater to the requirements of two-tier cities.
“Systems such as Metrolite and Metro Neo are in planning stages for cities- which are smaller in size with lesser population," Kumar said.
“Today we are receiving 70-75% of pre-covid passenger journeys. Our revenue model was designed to make the system self-sustainable," Kumar added.
Apart from ticketing revenue, DMRC also explored diverse revenue options such as property business, property development, consultancy services and tie-ups with last mile connectivity providers. “We are using solar generated power plants on rooftops of stations, depots and residential quarters and are producing around 47 MW of power. In addition, we are also receiving solar energy from an offshore power plant in Madhya Pradesh. For the first time, we drew power from a waste to an energy plant in Ghazipur," Kumar said.