Delhi Metro made its maiden journey between millennium city Gurgaon and the national Capital on Monday — marred with technical glitches, delays and theft.
A theft of track circuit cable near Sultanpur depot caused delay in services. The 14-odd km journey, which otherwise should have taken just 27 minutes, took 40 minutes to an hour in the initial few hours of operations.
Commuters who came to the Qutub Minar Metro station were an unhappy lot while de-boarding at HUDA City Centre, the last stop in Gurgaon.
Sarafat Ali, a resident of Malviya Nagar in Delhi, who travels to his Udyog Vihar office in Gurgaon, said it took him almost two hours to reach his work. “I thought I would reach office on time if I travelled in the metro. I was wrong.”
“All trains were running on single line with restricted speed of 20 km per hour, which is half of the normal speed,” DMRC spokesperson Anuj Dayal said. “Normalcy was restored only by evening.”
Till 8 pm, 30,000 passengers rode the Qutub Minar-Gurgaon line. DMRC earned Rs 2.45 lakh by sale of tickets.