Bird hit dis­rupts Metro ser­vices for 30 mins Sec­ond glitch since in­au­gu­ra­tion

In­ci­dent re­sults in mal­func­tion­ing of over­head elec­tri­cal equip­ment; offi cials of­fered to re­fund ticket cost, say com­muters

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The Mum­bai Metro, on Satur­day, faced tech­ni­cal is­sues for a sec­ond time since it be­gan op­er­a­tions and pas­sen­gers were left in the lurch as they were asked to get down or wait for half- an- hour be­fore ser­vice could be re­sumed. Those in real hurry got down and took the bus to where ever they were bound to.

The prob­lem that held up the train was re­lated to over­head elec­tri­cal equip­ment.

One of the com­muters who had taken the metro with the in­ten­tion of reach­ing home early, but even­tu­ally got de­layed, was Vinod Shive, a res­i­dent of Mu­lund.

He said: “I boarded the metro around 7.22pm from Chakala- JB Na­gar sta­tion to go to Ghatkopar, and then change train for home. When the metro reached Air­port Road sta­tion, there was an an­nounce­ment say­ing there was some tech­ni­cal prob­lem and that the train would not move ahead and hence the pas­sen­gers should get down. We were told that it would take around half- an- hour to make it op­er­a­tional and that if we wished we may opt for re­fund at the ticket counters.”

This is the sec­ond time that a tech­ni­cal is­sue is hold­ing up the smooth op­er­a­tions of the Mum­bai Metro. The first in­stance was in the fi rst hour on This is the sec­ond time that a tech­ni­cal is­sue dis­rupted Metro op­er­a­tions. The fi rst in­stance was in the fi rst hour on the in­au­gu­ral day when a point fail­ure had de­layed ser­vices. Ac­cord­ing to a Metro spokesper­son, the prob­lem on Satur­day was due to a bird hit on the over­head elec­tri­cal sys­tem be­tween Air­port Rd and Marol. the in­au­gu­ral day when a point fail­ure had led to bunch­ing of trains and de­layed ser­vices.

Ac­cord­ing to a metro spokesper­son, the prob­lem on Satur­day evening was due to a bird hit on the over­head elec- tri­cal sys­tem be­tween Air­port Road and Marol Naka sta­tions dur­ing the rains. How­ever, ac­cord­ing to a source, the over­head wire be­tween Air­port Road and Marol Naka sta­tions had bro­ken and there was de- lay in get­ting it fi xed.

The trains came to a stand­still for over half- an- hour with an­nounce­ments be­ing made that it might take longer for the ser­vice to re­sume. How­ever, by 8.50pm, ser­vices re­sumed.

The prob­lem has led to some of the com­muters, who had started lik­ing the lat­est mode of trans­port, raise ques­tions on whether the sys­tem could re­ally be re­lied on. “There is no doubt that trav­el­ling in it saves time, but with such tech­ni­cal is­sues crop­ping up fre­quently, I don’t know if I can re­ally rely on it for daily com­mute,” Ke­shav Upad­hyay, a res­i­dent of Vile Parle, said.

And the metro sys­tem came to a halt, its ef­fect was im­me­di­ately refl ected on the roads with the And­heri- Kurla Road be­com­ing more crowded and the sit­u­a­tion look­ing akin to some­thing people had been used to till a week ago.

Ra­jen­dra Gawankar/ dna

Scores of com­muters waited anx­iously at sta­tions for Metro ser­vices to re­sume on Satur­day evening —

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