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Metro services on the Blue Line were severely affected Monday evening following a glitch in the Over Head Electrification (OHE) wire.
The breakdown of the wire circuit between Subhash Nagar and Tilak Nagar Metro stations at 4.35 pm — just before peak hours — caused a delay in trains heading towards Dwarka, said Metro officials.
A DMRC spokesperson said, “Trains were running in two short loops between Rajouri Garden and Noida/Vaishali, and between Janakpuri West and Dwarka Sector 21. A single line was functioning between Janakpuri West and Rajouri Garden.”
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This is the third incident of services being delayed due to a snag this month on the Blue Line.
With 44 stations, the Blue Line is longest among the six lines in the network. While average daily ridership across all lines is 27-28 lakh, the Blue Line alone has an average ridership of 10 lakh passengers.
The technical snag caused delays and consequent bunching of trains, leaving many passengers harried. Many took to social media to vent their frustration.
“Huge technical snag in Delhi Metro. Unbelievable crowd stuck inside trains and stations,” read one such tweet.
Another commuter tweeted, “The Delhi metro snag was terrible today. ACs were barely working, coaches were packed and people were agitated and there were no announcements. It took me two hours and 15 minutes to reach my destination when it takes less than 30 minutes on a normal day.”
Services were restored at 7.05 pm after the OHE was repaired, said the DMRC.
On June 7, a snag in the AFC gates at Vaishali Metro station ended up blocking access to trains. The gate system was repaired within a few hours but the spillover effect of hundreds of passengers waiting outside took much longer to clear.
On June 3, train services on the line were badly hit due to track circuit failure (signalling) near Rajendra Place Metro station. Trains were running at a restricted speed of 25 km/hr between Rajendra Place and Patel Nagar Metro stations till the fault was rectified.