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Delhi Metro derails, JE suspended

A coach of the Delhi Metro derailed near the Yamuna Bank station in east Delhi, disrupting train services temporarily, an official said. While no injuries were reported, a junior engineer has been suspended.

delhi Updated: Sep 13, 2009 13:47 IST

A coach of the Delhi Metro derailed near the Yamuna Bank station in east Delhi on Sunday morning, disrupting train services temporarily, an official said. While no injuries were reported, a junior engineer has been suspended.

Two wheels of the front coach of a metro train went off the tracks near the Yamuna Bank station at 6.02 am, causing some panic among the passengers. This was the first train service of the day on the Yamuna Bank-Indraprastha-Dwarka line, said an official of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).

"Fourteen passengers were travelling in the train at that time and no one was injured. The number of commuters was low as this was the first train service on the route (Yamuna Bank-Indraprastha-Dwarka line)," the official said.

A high-level committee has been constituted to probe the accident and the junior engineer in charge of track maintenance has been suspended, the DMRC spokesperson said.

"Prima facie, the derailment seems to have occurred due to problems related to the track, so the junior engineer in charge of track maintenance has been suspended," he said.

"The high-level inquiry committee consists of three officers - general manager (maintenance), general manager (rolling stock) and general manager (signalling and telecom) - from the Operations and Maintenance Department of the DMRC," he added.

The accident disrupted metro services between Yamuna bank and Indraprastha.

"The services on the route have been temporarily suspended as metro maintenance teams are working for the restoration of the site. We are currently checking the tracks and if there is any damage, resumption of services may take longer," the official said.

The Indraprastha-Yamuna Bank metro line is the extension of the Dwarka-Indraprastha route.

However, the metro services between Indraprastha and Dwarka remained normal.

This is the second instance of a metro coach derailing within a span of one month. On August 12, a coach of a metro train went off the tracks on the Dwarka-Indraprastha route. There were 40 passengers on the train and no one was injured.