Delhi Metro’s bad run doesn’t seem to end.
A Metro train with 34 passengers on board got derailed seconds after leaving the Dwarka Metro station in southwest Delhi on Wednesday.
Exactly a month earlier, a pillar at its under construction Central Secretariat-Badarpur section had collapsed, killing six people.
No one was injured in Wednesday’s incident.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has blamed the derailment — first time in Metro’s seven-year history — on manual error and has suspended the driver.
The incident occurred at 3.19 p.m. moments after the train on its way to Yamuna Bank station left Dwarka Main station.
The driver of the train, DMRC said, overshot a signal when he should have stopped at the station.
Metro trains are operated on an automatic system and the driver shifted to manual mode to go ahead.
As the train moved ahead, it jumped signal no. 311-J, where it was meant to switch tracks. The first set of four wheels of the front coach got derailed as a result and the train travelled for 30 metres before coming to a halt.
After some time, the emergency door at the train’s rear end was opened and passengers were allowed to walk on the tracks to return to the station.
“I was sitting inside the room when I heard a loud thud on the metro track and came out,” said Lokesh Solanki, whose real estate office is bang opposite the spot where the mishap took place.
“Prima facie, cause of the derailment appears to be the driver...,” said DMRC spokesman Anuj Dayal. He said the driver was working with DMRC since September 2008. He had come to work at 2.55 pm on Wednesday and it was his first trip of the day.
“There was no serious damage to the overhead traction or the train as the front wheels came less than six inches off the track,” he said.