Bengaluru: After Delhi Metro, BMRCL may slash salaries of employees | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: After Delhi Metro, Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) is now mulling to cut salaries of its employees.
Namma Metro is shut for more than four months due to Covid-19, so there has been no passenger revenue. Non-fare box revenue is also hitting the rock bottom. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has decided to reduce perks and allowances by 50% from August 2020. DMRC is also holding back grants of fresh advances for house building advance, multi-purpose advance, laptop advance and festival advance till further order.
BMRCL sources said they are also forced to resort to salary cuts as there has been no revenue as Metro services are suspended since March 22. Around 3,000 employees are on BMRCL’s payroll. “We’re incurring a loss of Rs 25 crore a month, but we’ve not received any financial assistance from the Centre or state government so far. There’s no revenue from parking, retail outlets and advertisements. We’re now studying various options, including salary cuts to curb losses. It’s still at the discussion stage. But, a final decision is yet to be taken,” said an official.
BMRCL managing director Ajay Seth was unavailable for comments.
An employee said they are not paid on par with other Metro corporations like Nagpur and Kochi.
“BMRCL pays very less salary. It’s unfair to further cut it. In fact, most qualified engineers don’t work with Bengaluru Metro because of less salary and incentive. BMRCL has at least 10 employees who are more than 70 years old, retired from railways and drawing hefty pay. There are also several irregularities in transportation expenses,” he added.
“We came to know the BMRCL management is discussing to cut salaries after DMRC. We are upset with the decision as most employees had been posted for Covid-19 duty for the government. We’ll not operate trains whenever they resume services if they are planning to reduce salaries,” said BMRCL Employees’ Union vice-president Suryanarayana Murthy.
Sanjeev Dyamannavar, a rail activist, said: “How BMRCL is going to meet its daily expenses and pay loans and interest? BMRCL may have to take drastic decisions which may impact future projects too. While Indian railways have a mix of goods and passenger traffic, how will Metro projects sustain if passenger services remain shut?” he asked.

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