MTC collection zooms a day after launch of new Metro line

The launch of the Metro services between Washermenpet and Chennai Airport has not dented the daily collection of the Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC). In fact, MTC officials were surprised that the collection for the past two days has been quite high.

A senior official in the Planning department, which is involved in the daily bus operations, said on Mondays the regular collection ranges between ₹68 lakh and ₹70 lakh, but the collection on Monday, a day after the Metro service was launched from AG-DMS to Washermenpet, was high at ₹ 76 lakh. The collection on Sunday was ₹65 lakh against the regular ₹60 lakh on Sundays. The MTC, on an average, operates 3,400 buses covering 675 routes on weekdays, he added.

MTC officials, when asked about any plan make changes in any routes in the wake of the full-fledged operation of Metro, said though it was too early to predict, they did not see any major impact route-wise as the MTC operated long routes and had the cost advantage. The MTC has several long-distance route services.

A senior official said it was the MTC that the commuters depended on for last-mile connectivity.

The official claimed that if at all there was any impact, it might be in the Anna Nagar and Thirumangalam areas, where relatively well-off people could take to Metro Rail.

However, MTC officials pointed out that even before Metro Rail planned to launch services, they had started planning routes from the suburbs in south and west area.

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