The study summarises how the Delhi Transport Corporation’s (DTC’s) operations during the first phase of the two-week long odd-even scheme saw greater efficiency and earnings than it had done over the last few years. The DTC, the world’s largest CNG-propelled bus fleet, has been incurring losses. The study attributes this to the government prescribed fare structure not being commensurate with its cost of operations.
The DTC’s total revenue for 2014-2015 is Rs 1,109.86 crore — 65 per cent of that comes from ticket sales. The DTC’s operational costs including staff wages, for the same period, amounted to Rs 2,129.22 crore. The revenue shortfall amounted to Rs 1,019.35 crore for 2014-2015, clocking a loss of 48 per cent.
The study says that during the odd-even phase, DTC needed to provide its most efficient services because people had to leave their cars at home during the two weeks of road rationing.
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As nearly 4-5 lakh cars stayed off the roads, traffic movement was comparatively smoother at prime junctions.
The DTC hired as many as 1,236 more buses to augment its fleet. The corporation also put together quick reaction technical teams. The DTC’s daily trip percentage went up by 41 per cent, daily earnings increased by Rs 6 lakh or 13.20 per cent, daily passenger count went up from Rs 35 lakh to Rs 38 lakh, and operational efficiency increased from 88 per cent to 95 per cent.
The study concluded that a strategy of higher fares and adoption of experiences gathered during odd-even will address the issue of revenue shortfall in the DTC. “The above recommendations will certainly boost the revenue of the DTC and cut costs… ultimately, the corporation will reach the break-even at the first instance and can also earn profits in the long run,” said the study.