New Delhi: Metro services on the Line 2 were
affected for an hour today due to repeated tripping of Over
Head Electrification (OHE) on one of the trains, causing
severe inconvenience to passengers.
The services were delayed from 1.40 pm to 2.40 pm on the
Line 2 (Central Secretariat-Jahangirpuri) after flashes were
noticed on the rear pantograph of a train at Rajiv Chowk which
was on its way from Central Secretariat to Jahangirpuri.
The Emergency Trip System (ETS) was used to cut off power
supply to the OHE by the Metro staff at the Rajiv Chowk
station after the flashing was detected on top of the train in
account of potential transformer failure.
A train on its way to Jahangirpuri from Central
Secretariat also had to be evacuated at Patel Chowk as train
movement was stopped on the line but this train was still
inside the tunnel with passengers.
"The deboarding was done for the safety of the
passengers. Finally, the services were restored at 2:42 pm,"
DMRC spokesperson Anuj Dayal said.
The delay caused severe inconvenience to passengers on
the Line 2, who were stranded at many stations and Rajiv
Huge queues were seen at the Rajiv Chowk station, which
is one of the most crowded in the Metro network, with
passengers not aware of why there were no services.
Some people were also seen asking for a refund of
Neha Sharma, a software professional, said she had wait
for at least 40 minutes at the Rajiv Chowk station, to catch a
train to Chandi Chowk.
"No one had any clue why there were no services. There
were no proper announcements," she said.
Earlier, Fire officials had said a small fire had broken
out at the Rajiv Chowk station due to a short circuit.