Mumbai: In its third week, monorail saw an 18% dip in the number of passengers compared to the inauguration week. But most passengers continue to be those coming for fun rides.
According to Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) statistics, the number of passengers fell to 1.12 lakh last week (February 16-22) from 1.38 lakh in the inaugural week (February 2-8). There was a drop of 26,000 commuters last week, that is an average dip of nearly 3,714 passengers a day. On Sunday, monorail passengers dropped to 22,000 compared to 26,000 last Sunday and 29,000 a week prior. In the second week, number of monorail trips had gone up to 521 from 512 in the first week, but this, too, saw a decline with 475 trips last week.
Revenues showed a 26% dip with the monorail raking in Rs 10.50 lakh last week compared to Rs 14.24 lakh in the first week and Rs 13.71 lakh in the second. While the third week saw the sale of number of tokens drop by 21,000 since the first week, smartcard sales fell by 80%.