Chennai: With the actual hustle and bustle yet to set in, the Chennai Metro Rail is considering to open its doors to other revenue modes, which includes renting out station premises for film shoots, said senior officials.
Only the 10-kilometre stretch between Koyambedu and Alandur has been completed so far, due to which the nascent network is yet to receive the actual expected patronage. The revenue from users, at present, is quite an eligible figure when compared to the operating costs.
Officials said that till the rest of the network is up and running, the authorities would look at various options to bring in revenue.
“Discussions were held with both Delhi and Mumbai metro officials regarding the procedures before deciding to open up for film shoots,” sources said.
“Delhi and Mumbai charge four lakh a day and this could be the tentative pricing,” said a Metro Rail official, adding that the real cost would be worked out by the other officials here. Sources said film units would be permitted only during the lean hours to avoid any hardships to the commuting public.
The idea is to have 70 per cent of revenue through ticketing and 25 to 30 per cent revenue through other sources like ATMs, shops and advertisements put up at the station, the official explained.
He said that currently there were nearly 10,000 commuters taking the metro rail services on a given day. “It is only on the weekends that we are find more than 20,000 people. Most of whom are first time-users,” he said.
“We are expecting about 60,000 passengers a day once the 20-km stretch from Chennai Egmore to St Thomas Mount, and also the stretch between Little Mount to Airport are completed,” he added. Of the 20 kms, nine will be an underground stretch from Chennai Egmore to Thirumangalam.
“Once the entire first phase is completed, we expect more than one lakh people to use the Chennai Metro Rail for their daily commute,” the official added.