Rain hits Magenta Line services for 3hrs
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.”