Rain hits Ma­genta Line ser­vices for 3hrs

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY -

New Delhi: A tech­ni­cal snag on Delhi Metro’s Ma­genta Line (Janakpuri West-Botan­i­cal Gar­den) led to dis­rup­tions for nearly three hours in the peak evening hours on Fri­day.

Com­muters, who were mostly re­turn­ing from work, had a tough time as trains were crawl­ing and were de­layed by up to an hour.

The Delhi Metro Rail Cor­po­ra­tion (DMRC) said that train opera- tions were ham­pered due to a prob­lem in the over­head elec­tri­cal equip­ment (OHE), but it was not clear if the prob­lem was trig­gered by heavy rains that lashed Delhi- NCR dur­ing that pe­riod.

“Ser­vices were af­fected on the Ma­genta Line due to some OHE prob­lem be­tween RK Pu­ram and IGI ter­mi­nal-1metro sta­tions around 4.10pm,” a DMRC spokesper- son said. As a re­sult, sin­gle line op­er­a­tions were car­ried out be­tween RK Pu­ram and IGI ter­mi­nal-1 sta­tions, which caused the de­lay. DMRC also ran two loop ser­vices from Botan­i­cal Gar­den to RK Pu­ram and from Janakpuri West to IGI ter­mi­nal-1 sta­tions. “Train ser­vices were nor­malised around 6.40pm,” the spokesper­son added.

The snag left many stranded at the sta­tions wait­ing for trains. Vat­sal Sharma, a com­muter said, “The train ar­rived af­ter a long de­lay and even af­ter I boarded, it moved at a very slow pace and stopped at IIT sta­tion for nearly an hour from 5.40pm on­wards.”

An­other com­muter Manav Tuteja com­plained, “There was no an­nounce­ment from DMRC on the rea­son be­hind the de­lay or by when we could ex­pect ser­vices to be­come nor­mal. The only an­nounce­ment was that there would be a short de­lay to this ser­vice, which even­tu­ally was an hour long.”

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