Even as the second phase of the odd-even scheme kicked off in the capital, Metro services on the Red Line Friday were thrown out of gear due to glitches, leaving hundreds stranded. Trains on the Airport Express Line were also delayed due to glitches.
Services on the Red Line, which runs from Dilshad Garden to Rithala and which comprises 21 stations, were affected at about 1.15 pm. Stations worst affected were Kashmere Gate, Tis Hazari station, Dilshad Garden and Pitampura.
Officials said the glitch occurred when the overhead wire snapped at two places — Dilshad Garden and Shastri Nagar. “Metro services were curtailed from 1.30 pm. Over-Head Equipment (OHE) staff repaired the catenary wire which was found broken at two locations,” said a Metro official.
Transport Minister Gopal Rai directed the state transport department to send 10 additional DTC buses to ply between Kashmere Gate and Dilshad Garden. To take stock of the situation, Rai visited the Shastri Park Metro station at about 5.30 pm.
Meanwhile, stations such as Kashmere Gate saw a huge crowd outside the station premises as well. “We were not allowed to go in because trains were delayed,” said Shruti Kothari, a student.
The Airport Express Line also faced delays in the morning for over half-an-hour after the doors of a train developed a snag.