Thousands of Metro commuters had a harrowing experience on Friday morning after trains were delayed and many were left stranded at various stations on the Dwarka to Noida city centre route as services were disrupted due to a problem in Over-head Electrification (OHE).
"Due to OHE problem between Karol Bagh and R K Ashram station, train services are being run in three loops on Line 3. Trains are being run on short loop between Karol Bagh to Dwarka Sector 21 and Barakhamba to Noida/Vaishali and single line between Karol Bagh and Barakhamba since 11:40 am," a DMRC spokesperson said.
Mitali, a commuter who works in central Delhi, said, "Trains were stopping for at least 10 to 15 minutes at the stations on the route and running very slow. I reached office an hour late."
Announcements were being made in trains that ventilation and lights are running on battery system.
It was a chaotic situation at all stations on the line as several people were stranded for more than an hour waiting for trains to arrive. Office-goers had a harrowing time with Metro services delayed and major traffic snarls on arterial roads as heavy rains lashed the national capital.
The DMRC spokesperson said Metro services resumed normal operations by 12:50 pm.
Over-head Electrification (OHE) problems on Metro trains have become common now.
In July this year, owing to electrification problem, Metro services on the blue line to Noida were disrupted for over three hours.
On June 11 this year, train going to HUDA City Centre on busy yellow line broke down in the middle of the tunnel between Central Secretariat and Udhyog Bhawan stations, giving a difficult time to over 1,791 passengers on board the train and severely affecting Metro services across the city during the morning rush hour.
Meanwhile, due to the clashes between two groups in Tilak Vihar area last night, some entry gates at various Metro stations on the blue line which were close to the area were shut.
"Due to imposition of section 144 in Tilak Nagar area by Delhi Police, two entry gates each at Subhash Nagar, Tagore Garden and Tilak Nagar and one entry gate at Janakpuri East station has been closed at 8:23 am. Other gates of these stations are open so stations are working normally," the spokesperson said.