More than 300 people were stuck in a tunnel for 30 minutes when a Delhi Metro train developed a technical snag and stopped in between Central Secretariat and Patel Chowk stations on Wednesday afternoon. The train was moving from Vishvavidyalaya Station to HUDA City Centre when it got stuck in the tunnel.
The services on the line were affected till the evening with bunching of trains and slow service.
“The fault occurred due to a problem in the internal braking communication system of the train as a result of which the special safety parking brakes were automatically applied by the train as per the safety design of the management system,” said DMRC spokesperson Anuj Dayal.
The fault occurred at 12.52pm when the train suddenly stopped between the two stations. The passengers were stuck for about 40 minutes after which the train was coupled with a rescue train and brought to the Central Secretariat Station. Passengers also deboarded at the Central Secretariat station.
According to officials, the air conditioning and lights were working throughout the ordeal. Regular announcements were also made for the benefit of the passengers. “The faulty train was taken to Green Park siding for observation and Bombardier, the maker of the train, has been asked to investigate the matter,” Dayal said.
The snag was a cause of worry for the passengers on the train as well as on the stations.
“My friend was stuck inside the train and we all were very anxious for the safety of the passengers inside,” said Ruhani Mehta, a college student. Many people at the Rajiv Chowk Station were also inconvenienced as the trains were late. “There is some problem
with the Metro every day. The Delhi Metro has lost the confidence of the passenger,” said Shalini Thakkar, a resident of Jor Bagh.
A passenger who had boared the train from Vishvavidyalaya station said, “I should have taken an autorickshaw instead. The train stopped at at the Vidhan Sabha station for at least 15 minutes before moving and then once again stopping at Chawri Bazaar for such a long time.” Many commuters were also seen informing their friends and family about the problem in the metro train over the phone.