Technical problem delays Metro trains, passengers affected

Metro commuters in the national capital had a difficult time on Friday as trains on the over-crowded Noida Line were delayed by at least 30 minutes during the morning rush hour due to a technical problem in a train.

New Delhi: Metro commuters in the national capital had a difficult time on Friday as trains on the over-crowded Noida Line were delayed by at least 30 minutes during
the morning rush hour due to a technical problem in a train.

Due to the problem, the train, which was proceeding towards Anand Vihar from Dwarka Sec-21, was run at a slow speed due to which there was bunching of trains resulting in
inordinate delays.

With the incident occurring during the morning rush hours, there were long queues on platforms in stations. People jostled with each other as they tried to enter the trains.

The technical problem in the train was spotted by the train operator at around 10.30 am when it reached the busy Rajiv Chowk station.

Though the train was standing at the station for a few minutes, the train operator then began the journey and operated the train at a very slow speed.

"The problem was in the train. The train operator ran the train slowly till its destination Anand Vihar after which it was withdrawn from service," a DMRC spokesman said.

He said this led to bunching of trains and the trains were delayed for sometime.

Passengers alleged that the trains on the Dwarka Sector 21-Noida City Centre/Anand Vihar Line, which sees the maximum footfall of 6 lakh on weekdays, were delayed for nearly 30 minutes and there was no announcement on it.

Anoushka, a software professional, said it took almost an hour for her to reach from Janakpuri to Rajiv Chowk.

"It usually takes 30 minutes. But I took double the time today. It was very bad. The trains was crowded like anything," she said.

The delay in train services also led to over-crowding on platforms in key stations like Rajiv Chowk and Yamuna Bank.

Technical glitches on Metro network have become common and this is the third incident of delay in the past 13 days. On November 19, train services on the Gurgaon line were
delayed for over four hours due to a problem on the Over-Head Electrification (OHE) system.

Again on Sunday last, the same line witnessed disruption of services for over an hour due to the same problem. DMRC chief E Sreedharan has constituted a committee to look into
the November 19 incident and suggest steps to prevent such incidents in the future.

PTI

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