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Close to 1,50,000 youngsters will descend on the Delhi University as the admission forms go on sale from May 28. While the Delhi Metro expects to feel the heat, with an expected daily footfall of 39,000, local vendors in North Campus are gearing up for a money-making fortnight.

entertainment Updated: May 22, 2010 01:28 IST

Close to 1,50,000 youngsters will descend on the Delhi University as the admission forms go on sale from May 28. While the Delhi Metro expects to feel the heat, with an expected daily footfall of 39,000, local vendors in North Campus are gearing up for a money-making fortnight.

For mineral water vendors and bantawallahs, the scorching heat is a boon. Each vendor sells close to 100 bottles of soda a day and more than double the number of water bottles. Lakhan Dev, a bantawallah who sits at the School of Open Learning, says, “If it’s really hot, I sell about 120 bottles daily. In these 15 days, I can make about Rs 22,000 where as I usually earn Rs 9,000 in that much time.”

Rickshaw-pullers in North Campus, charging Rs 15 on an average per ride, earn about Rs 200 per day. Now they expect to make Rs 9,000 in a fortnight. Mahendra, a rickshaw-puller, who plies from Vishwavidyalaya Metro Station, says, “Students go all over the place to make enquiries. It’s a very profitable time for us.”

Photocopy shops on the campus, too, rake in extra cash. Vivek Tiwari of North Campus’ Vikas Documentation Xerox shop says, “40-50 students come every day to get about 4-5 pages photocopied. Otherwise, there’s a lull in business till the exams.”

Even the Delhi Metro expects an avalanche in the coming days. “Last year, the footfall rose from 22,000 to 39,000 during these days. There was a 70 per cent increase in footfall at the Vishwavidyalya Station and around 20 per cent at the GTB station (near Khalsa College),” says Anuj Dayal of Delhi Metro. In preparation, Dayal says they “will open more token counters and more customer facilitation.”

Official numbers
DUSU will have 500 student volunteers at various colleges to help applicants. Last year, 1,48,256 forms were sold, earning DU approximately Rs 74,12,800 (each form Rs 50). This year, the numbers are expected to go up by at least 20 per cent.

While 6,000 students appeared for the Common Aptitude Test for English last year, officials say the numbers will double this year, with about 10,000 students taking the text. With each form costing Rs 300, this test alone will earn DU Rs 30,00,000.

Fortnight earnings
585,000
: Average footfall on the Delhi metro
18,00: Bottles of soda sold by each vendor
Rs 9,000: Earned by a single rickshawwallah
15,00: ice creams sold per vendor