Metro trains and the stations on the Dwarka Sector 9 Noida City Centre line were packed like sardines on Friday morning.
While thousands of commuters missed their train, many others could not get down at their respective destinations. The chaos was a result of an incident that occurred on the line at 8:15 am. when a man allegedly jumped in front of a Metro train at Janakpuri East Metro station.
“The person, aged about 52 years, jumped in front of a train heading to Noida City Centre. The train operator immediately applied the emergency brakes and the person was rescued by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) officials at 8:25 am. He has been sent to the DDU Hospital for treatment,” said Anuj Dayal, DMRC spokesperson.
Prima facie, the incident appears to be a case of attempted suicide. However, the police are investigating the incident.
According to the DMRC officials, the Metro services on the corridor resumed at 8:44 a.m. after necessary checks on the track and within half an hour normalcy resumed in the service. However, commuters differed.
Sanjeev Ranjan, a resident of Mayur Vihar phase I, said he had to wait for over an hour to catch a Metro train.
“I reached the station around 9:35 am. to catch a train for Barakhamba station. But for about half an hour no train had entered the station reportedly due to technical problem. Thousands of passengers were waiting in platforms. When train came little after 10 am., many of us could not board the already jam packed train,” said Ranjan.
Rajdeep Majumder was not even allowed entry into the Mayur Vihar station even for about 20 minutes.
"Many of us remained stranded outside the entry point for long time. We did not get to know what was the actual problem. We were only told that there were some problem in the station and we will be allowed to enter only when there was space." Radhika Gupta, of Noida 47 could not get down at Rajouri Garden.
“The train was packed to capacity and there was hardly any space to exit. People were forcing their way in while we were trying to get out. Before we could leave, the doors locked and train started moving,” Gupta said.
Situation was equally bad at all the stations on the Dwarka Sector 9 Noida line.