In less than a month of being commissioned for public use, the roof of a Mumbai Metro train coach started leaking water after heavy rains, the season’s first downpour, on Wednesday.
The Reliance Infrastructre-led Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd (MMOPL) took the affected train out of operations and sent it to the workshop. A spare train was used to ply on the line instead.
An MMOPL spokesperson said, “Out of 16 trains in service, one of the train’s air-condition unit reportedly malfunctioned during heavy showers. The train has been replaced with a train that was kept stand-by to ensure no impact on services. The train shall join in for regular run from tomorrow.”
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The 16 trains of four coaches each have come from CSR Nanjing, a Beijing-based company.
The entire Metro system, including the rolling stock, has been scrutinised by the Research Designs and Standards Organisation under the Ministry of Railways, and the Commissioner of Railway Safety under the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
The 11.4-km Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro was opened for public use on June 8.
Besides the leakage, operations on the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro remained largely unaffected.
Here are some reactions from Twitter:
Reliance installs most advanced technology for commuters to experience Mumbai Rains, even while in Metro.. pic.twitter.com/GirQGSxu86
— Arunabh Kumar (@TheQtiyapaGuy) July 2, 2014
— Ranganathan Madhavan (@ActorMadhavan) July 3, 2014
Folks commuting to work by Mumbai Metro remember to take your own soaps & towels along till Reliance kindly provides some with free shower.
— kanika gahlaut (@kanikagahlaut) July 3, 2014
Worried that Mumbai citizens now know the Metro has a hole in the roof. Tomorrow six rich kids will go in it with their heads sticking out.
— Rohan Joshi (@mojorojo) July 2, 2014
— Dhruva Jaishankar (@d_jaishankar) July 2, 2014
The world may laugh at our primitive infra but Mumbai’s metros have built in rain showers.Try to beat that hosers. pic.twitter.com/WblNwAJOxo
— rupa subramanya (@rupasubramanya) July 2, 2014
So if a Goan girl gets drenched in a Mumbai Metro train… is that no longer allowed?
— Paulose Rossi (@sidin) July 2, 2014
So thoughtful of Mumbai Metro to introduce a shower service for commuters on the go.
— Naomi Datta (@nowme_datta) July 2, 2014
— Ruchica Tomar (@ruchicatomar) July 2, 2014