Delhi Metro drives profit from Auto Expo

Written by Vrishti Beniwal | New Delhi, Jan 20 | Updated: Jan 21 2008, 09:11am hrs
Its not only the Auto Expo organisers and exhibitors who made money during the eight-day long exhibition. The Pragati Maidan station of the metro rail generated a whopping Rs 28 lakh business for the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) during the show.

On a normal day, the average revenue for the station, which is next to Pragati Maidan, is Rs 1.25 lakh. But during the 9th Auto Expo it hovered around Rs 3.5 lakh on weekdays and Rs 3.75 lakh on weekends.

This is the highest ever revenue generation in a day after the India International Trade Fair in November last. If the 9th Auto Expo saw over 18 lakh visitorsthe highest ever in the last 22 yearsthat was partly due to the metro rail.

Nearly 5.5 lakh people used the metro to commute to and fro from Pragati Maidan during the expo. The station saw about 60,000 to 70,000 commuters everyday, with their number touching 75,000 on the weekends. On a normal day, only about 10,000 to 15,000 people enter and exit from this station.

Though the five-minute frequency of the trains was not tempered with, the DMRC took up the number of ticket counters to nine on the station. Normally, the station has 2-3 ticket counters, but to facilitate easy movement of people during the expo, we opened six additional counters, said Anuj Dayal, spokesperson, DMRC.