Metro train services on Line-3 (Yamuna Bank to Dwarka Sector 9) were disrupted on Tuesday morning for over six hours as a section of the signalling cable was stolen during the night from the tracks between Yamuna Bank and Indraprastha stations. Trains on this line had to be operated on manual mode and were run only on single line from Indraprastha to Yamuna Bank Metro station.
As the frequency of trains was hit,the trains and stations remained crowded till afternoon when the 108-meter long signaling cable was restored.
Due to manual operations,the trains were run at a frequency of 10 to 20 minutes on this stretch. To maintain the routine frequency of five minutes for the entire line we had to introduce short loop services between Indraprastha and Dwarka Sector 9, Anuj Dayal,spokesperson of DMRC,said.
Incidentally,Line-3 has the highest passenger traffic and the Delhi Metro has already been facing difficulties in managing the crowd at the stations and trains on this route.
A case has been registered at the Indraprastha police station regarding the missing cables and an internal inquiry has also been set up,DMRC officials said.