On Thursday, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) chief Mangu Singh inspected the Rajiv Chowk Metro station. He checked the functioning and maintenance activities of the station. This inspection gave a hint of resumption in the metro service.
However, the DMRC officials called this inspection a “routine inspection”.
Explaining about this inspection the DMRC tweeted “MD-DMRC Dr. Mangu Singh inspected the Rajiv Chowk metro station today. The routine inspection was part of checking the effective functioning of various operating systems and maintenance activities.”
Impact of the pandemic on the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation
The Delhi Metro also has suffered a loss of nearly Rs. 1,300 crores since the closure of services. The Delhi Metro services remained suspended for around five months since March 22 because of the sudden breakout in Delhi. As a result of these sets of crises, DMRC is struggling to repay its loan installments to the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
While the Indian economy is slowly opening up in a phase-wise manner since June, the metro services of Delhi have not yet received a nod from the government to resume the services.
The Metro is also seeking help from the government. DMRC had written a letter to the central government requesting the government to hold-off the repayment of the loan installment that DMRC has taken from JICA for the year 2020-21.
Replying to the letter the central government has suggested the DMRC approach the state government (AAP). The central has advised to all other metro operators of the country to approach to their respective state governments.
Moreover, On Tuesday, the Delhi Metro announced huge pay cuts for its employees citing an “extreme adverse financial” crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The DMRC has also put on a hold on all the sanctions that were given for House Building Advance (HBA), laptops, and festivals.