Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: The Delhi Metro services on Blue Line were disrupted briefly on Saturday because of a technical snag, due to which thousands of passengers had to suffer.
The commuters were affected as the trains were running very slow and halting for several minutes at many stations resulting in overcrowding, reports said.
The Blue Line operates from Dwarka to Noida City Centre/Vaishali terminals.
The fault led to chaos at many stations along the route - one of the busiest in the capital - that links Dwarka on the western edge of Delhi with Noida and Vaishali in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh.
"I took the metro from Janak Puri (West) and after two hours I managed to reach Noida (Sec-16)," said Raunaq Bajaj, a 20-year-old professional.
He added, “The fault occurred at around 3:00 pm today.”
According to many stuck commuters, the trains were stopping at each station for close to 10 minutes and many passengers got off and took buses, auto-rickshaws or taxis to reach their destinations.
Buses - both private and Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) - were running packed to capacity as stranded commuters latched on to them, not willing to be left at the mercy of overcharging autos and taxis.
However, the services were restored soon, an official said.
"Some foreign material got entangled in the overhead electric (OHE) wire near Rajouri Garden station due to a thunderstorm around 3.45 pm," an official said, adding the services on the Blue Line were affected.
He said the services were disrupted for an hour and were restored around 5:10 pm.
"Train movement has been regulated in two short loops - Kirti Nagar to Noida and Vaishali and Subhash Nagar to Dwarka and on a single line between Kirti Nagar and Subhash Nagar," the official added.
With agency inputs