Metro chaos: Sreedharan appoints high-level panel
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Last Updated: Saturday, November 20, 2010, 23:27
New Delhi: A day after Metro services on the Gurgaon line were disrupted for over three hours due to a problem in the Over Head Electrification (OHE) system, Delhi Metro on Saturday set up a committee to go into the incident and suggest measures to prevent them in the future.

Normal services were restored on the Line 2 (Central Secretariat HUDA City Centre) from 6 AM after a team of over 200 engineers and technicians restored the damaged portion of the Over Head Electrification and repaired the damaged pantograph of some trains.

Concerned over the disruption of services that led to chaos last evening after the OHE failed, DMRC chief E Sreedharan today appointed a high-level committee to go into the incident.

"The committee to be headed by the Executive Director (Electrical), DMRC will go into details regarding the cause of yesterday's incident," DMRC spokesman Anuj Dayal said.

He said the committee will also suggest remedial measures to prevent such incidents in the future.

Dayal said maintenance engineers had last night foot-patrolled the underground and elevated sections from Central Secretariat to HUDA City Centre to personally check the damages to the OHE system.

"Successful trials were conducted on the stretch at 5 AM and regular services were resumed an hour later today," he said.

Unwilling to take chances, senior Metro officials are monitoring movement of trains on the entire stretch. As a safety measure, trains are being run at a restricted speed of 30 kilometres between Central Secretariat and Udyog Bhawan, Dayal said.

Metro services on the busy Gurgaon line were disrupted yesterday when the pantograph of a train moving towards HUDA City Centre from Jahangirpuri flashed at Udyog Bhawan, damaging the OHE wires from which the trains derive power.

"The damage took place on the neutral section near Udyog Bhawan (an area where the power supply switches from one source to another) and affected the pantograph of some more trains which in turn affected the OHE lines further on towards Gurgaon," Dayal said.

Thousands of passengers were stranded at various stations for hours due to the delay last night.

In order to clear the crowd, four trains were run from Central Secretariat to HUDA City Centre after 11 PM last night.

"In addition 23 buses from the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) were also run from Central Secretariat to HUDA City Centre. In total 7,000 people were cleared from the Central Secretariat Metro Station by these services," Dayal said.


First Published: Saturday, November 20, 2010, 23:27

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