Eleven people were stranded inside the country’s first elevated monorail on Sunday morning after services were disrupted because of power failure near Bhakti Park in Wadala.
None of the passengers or the monorail captain were injured in the incident. They were evacuated after more than an hour by the fire personnel.
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has ordered an inquiry into the incident.
According to the MMRDA, the power tripped around 7.58am, because of which, two trains — one heading towards Bhakti Park station and the other leaving from there — got stuck. The power was restored around 8.20am, following which one of the trains reached Bhakti Park.
The other train, however, got stuck 100 metres away, between Bhakti Park and Mysore Colony stations, as the power tripped once again.
As another train could not be brought to rescue the stranded monorail, the fire department was called to evacuate the passengers.
All commuters were safely evacuated around 9.45am with no injuries or medical emergencies, as the internal power backup kept the lights and the ACs working in the train, said chief fire officer SH Nesarikar said
Services, however, were resumed only after 12pm after the MMRDA carried out several trial runs.
Upset by the incident, Ashok Sawant, who regularly uses the monorail to go to Chembur, said,
“Authorities need to take proper measures to ensure such incidents don’t happen again. It is scary to be trapped inside a train about 30ft above the ground,” he said.
Another commuter who did not wish to be named said the captain had reassured them that they would be evacuated soon. “I was not scared, but the delay in getting us out irritated me,” he said.
According to the MMRDA officials, issues with the traction system had led to the power tripping at a section of the monorail corridor.
PRK Murthy, chief of transport and communication department, said “We are investigating the matter to find out what led to the power failure. Since the power supply on both tracks was discontinued, we could not evacuate the commuters with the help of other monorail immediately.”