There was chaos on Delhi Metro platforms on Thursday morning after a signal failure near Pragati Maidan station affected services on DMRCs Blue Line for more than five hours. Commuters on the Noida-Vaishali route were the worst affected,with delay in service leaving many stranded en-route to their work place.
The signalling problem,caused by a track-circuit failure led to Metro trains moving at a slow pace between Pragati Maidan and Mandi House,and this in turn led to delays and disruptions throughout the Blue Line,the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said. Metro trains going towards Dwarka from Noida City Centre and Vaishali side moved at a restricted speed of up to 25 km/hour between Pragati Maidan and Mandi House section from 8.45 am to 2.12 pm. This led to bunching of trains between Noida City Centre and Indraprastha section and Yamuna Bank and Vaishali section, a DMRC statement said.
The circuit problem was resolved by 2.12 pm and no other lines were affected by the glitch,the statement said.
For commuters who queued up as usual at Metro stations at different points on the Blue Line,however,disruptions in the service came as a a rude shock. In the first hour following the glitch,services came to a halt,before it was partially restored.
It took us two hours to travel from Noida City Centre to Rajiv Chowk. After reaching the station at 8.30 am,we managed to board the train only by 9.20 am. The halts were very long around 30- 35 minutes at Noida Sector 15, said Abhiruchi Rao and Aarushi Tyagi,both Delhi University students.
It took me two hours to get to Connaught Place from Mayur Vihar Phase I. The trains were so crowded that when it made ten-minute halts at each station,people got out to take a break, said Sanjay Singh who at 12.30 pm was still stuck at Rajiv Chowk.
At Rajiv Chowk,the prime nodal station of the DMRC,long queues were seen due to the delay and service disruption. Trains which normally made stops of less than a minute,stopped for up to 15 minutes and ran shorter services. A shortened Barakhamba Road-bound train,for example,halted at Rajiv Chowk at 12.03 pm and departed only at 12.17 pm.
Though the DMRC claimed the service between Dwarka Sector-21 and Barakhamba Road section remained normal,commuters said these too were affected.