Smoke inside coach, metro evacuated at Akshardham
A Delhi Metro train going towards Noida had to be evacuated at Akshardham station and taken off service on Wednesday afternoon after smoke was detected in its last coach. Metro services were temporarily affected on the Blue Line (Dwarka Sector-21 to Noida Electronic City) due to this, officials said.
A Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) spokesperson said that smoke was reported from the train around 2.35pm when it left from Pragati Maidan station.
Though no physical cause of the smoke emission was observed by Metro’s maintenance staff, all the passengers were asked to deboard at Akshardham station — two stations ahead.
“Passengers were de-boarded as a precautionary measure. The train was thereafter withdrawn from service and sent for investigation at Yamuna Bank depot at 2.59pm,” a statement released by DMRC said.
The 20 minutes taken for withdrawing the train from services caused minor delays on the line. Passengers were seen waiting at Akshardham station for several minutes and the trains that came were overcrowded. Services, however, resumed back to normal by 3.30 pm, DMRC officials said.