Surge in Kolkata Protests pushes Metro’s Revenue through the Roof

Unrest in Kolkata resulting in clogged roads saw increased the number of passengers travelling by Metro. On Monday, after students brought out rallies from the Jadavpur University and Presidency University against the violence at Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), people chose to travel longer distances by opting for the Metro, instead of road transport.

This led to Metro Railway’s earnings shoot up to over Rs 1 crore, the third highest single day revenue, since its inception in 1984. During the day Metro carried 6.48 lakh passengers. This is quite normal for a weekday. The additional revenue indicates that many passengers travelled longer distances by Metro.

“On Monday, Metro earned Rs 100.8 lakh. The recorded highest earnings till now are Rs 147.8 lakh on August 1, 2011 when the new smart cards were introduced and Rs 129.7 lakh on November 9, 2016,” said Metro Railway CPRO Indrani Banerjee.

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