Friday was a difficult day for Metro commuters during the early morning peak hour. A power failure in the power supply through the Overhead Electrification (OHE), led to Metro services being affected for over an hour on Friday.
With the services delayed, many people reached their offices late. The problem occurred at 8.45 am when a jam packed train from Dilshad Garden to Rithala stopped suddenly at the Kashmere Gate Metro station due to interrupted power supply through the OHE, said DMRC spokesperson.
This caused bunching of trains on line 1 (Dilshad Garden Rithala). After 10 minutes, the trains started moving but at a low speed. “Generally, trains on this line run at 40 45kmph. But due to the problem their speed was reduced to 10 15kmph. However, no train was cancelled,” said the spokesperson.
“Our technical team is trying to figure out the problem in the OHE. This is an uncommon problem as far as Delhi Metro is concerned,” he added.
Rini Pandey, a student, said it took her two hours to reach Pragati Maidan from Rohini. “The train was moving like a cycle rickshaw. Besides it stopped at stations for longer times. I was delayed by over an hour for my classes,” she said.
Hundreds of passengers were seen standing in queues at various stations such as Dilshad Garden, Shahdara, Kashmere Gate, Tis Hazari, Pratap Nagar, Inder Lok, Netaji Subhash Place, Pitam Pura and Rithala.
Meanwhile, a train going from Dwarka to Noida was stuck at Rajiv Chowk for 15 minutes due to a technical problem.