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Snag hits Delhi Metro services on Blue Line, yet again

On Tuesday, train services were affected for more than two hours. Journey time for passengers doubled as trains were running at slow speed, which led to bunching of trains.

delhi Updated: Feb 07, 2017 23:26 IST
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Hindustan Times
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On Tuesday, train services were affected for more than two hours. Journey time for passengers doubled as trains were running at slow speed, which led to bunching of trains.(Hindustan Times)

Train services on Delhi Metro’s Dwarka Sector-21-Noida/Vaishali (Blue Line) were hit due to a technical snag, yet again on Tuesday.

The rail link is the busiest line of the Delhi Metro network and has reported snags frequently.

On Tuesday, train services were affected for more than two hours. Journey time for passengers doubled as trains were running at slow speed, which led to bunching of trains.

“Train services on Line-3/4(Dwarka Sec-21 to Noida/Vaishali) faced minor delays between 10am and 12 noon due to signalling problem near entry signal of Dwarka station on Up Line (Trains coming from Noida/Vaishali). As a result, trains had to move at restricted speed of 20-25 kmph on the affected stretch only. At 11:50 am (off peak hour), 10 minutes maintenance block was granted to rectify the fault. During maintenance block, trains were regulated,” said a DMRC spokesperson.

Few trains were also short looped from Rajouri Garden and Janakpuri West Metro stations towards Noida/Vaishali side.

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“I boarded a Metro from Vaishali and it took 35 minutes to reach Yamuna Bank, which normally takes 15 minutes. Then at Yamuna Bank, the train did not move for 10 minutes. I could not get down also as you don’t get public transport at Yamuna Bank. Then the train finally moved and I took an auto from Indraprastha,” said a commuter.

Due to slow speed, train was stopping at every station for 5-10 minutes against the normal duration of 10-20 seconds. At the interchange station – Mandi House and Rajeev Chowk, the situation turned worse as passengers coming from other directions made their way into the already packed trains.

Regular snags on the Blue Line have raised question on the efficiency of Delhi Metro’s longest and busiest line. Over 50 km of network, five interchange stations and 30% increase in the expected ridership, seems to be too much for the line and DMRC is hoping that phase-III stations will reduce the burden.

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The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) had estimated that ridership of this line by 2016 would be 9.18 lakh per day but in August, 2015, it was 11.94 lakh in a day. This line carries over 30% of the Delhi metro’s passengers and since most of the part is elevated, the vulnerability to snag is more.

This line has 44 metro stations from Dwarka Sector 21 to Noida City Centre with a length of 51.35 km and a branch line consisting of 7 stations from Yamuna Bank to Vaishali, with a length of 8.85 km.

Past snags
  • January 3, 2017: Train speeds were reduced due to snag in the overhead wire. Trains were halted for longer than their average stoppage time on the Blue Line (Dwarka-Noida/Vaishali) due to technical snag leading to delays and rush.
  • December 25, 2016: Repair work on track between Yamuna Bank and Indrapratha. Trains delayed.
  • December 18, 2016: Problem in track circuit between Yamuna Bank and Indraprastha.
  • December 8, 2016: Smoke detected from a train at Rajendar Nagar, which affected the operation.
  • June 3, 2016: Metro train services on Line– 3/4 (Dwarka to Noida City Center/Vaishali) were affected whole day due to Track Circuit drop (failed). Trains were running on restricted speed of 25 kilometres per hour leading to the bunching of trains.
  • May 5, 2016: Train services at ITO Metro station of Line-6 (Violet Line) were disrupted for four hours due to immobilization of a train at the platform of Mandi House Metro station.
  • April 4, 2016: Thousands of passengers were stuck during peak hours due to technical glitch on Dwarka-Vaishali/Noida and ITO-Faridabad line. Circuit failure was the reason behind delay ENDS
  • July 8, 2015: Passengers had a harrowing time in the evening peak hour as metro services were disrupted between Yamuna Bank and Vaishali due to snag for nearly two hours. Passengers had to be evacuated.
  • June 2014: Thousands of commuters were left stranded when Delhi Metro services on the blue line (Dwarka-Noida corridor) were disrupted for over two hours at peak rush time.
  • Oct 25, 2013: Service disrupted after the signalling system near Yamuna Bank interchange station failed to set directions for trains coming from Dwarka.
  • August 20, 2013: Delhi Metro services were badly hit on the Dwarka-Noida line due to technical problems
  • Aug 16, 2013: Metro services were disrupted after trains were delayed and many were left stranded at various stations on Dwarka-Noida line due to a problem in the Overhead Electrification (OHE)
  • July 29, 2013: Metro services on Blue line to Noida were disrupted for two hours due to OHE problem between Shadipur and Patel Nagar stations

First Published: Feb 07, 2017 23:20 IST