Snag on Metro’s Gurgaon line affects services, rectified (Lead)

August 19th, 2011 - 1:23 am ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 18 (IANS) Passengers were left stranded as a technical fault hit Delhi Metro’s Jahangirpuri-Gurgaon line Thursday, resulting in overcrowding at stations. Full services were restored after nearly two hours.

“Metro Services of Line 2 (Jahangirpuri-Huda City Centre) were affected today (Thursday) between Green Park Metro station and Sultanpur Metro station when a portion of OHE (Over Head Electricity) wire broke down near Qutub Minar Metro Station.”

“The train services were mainly affected from 6.32 p.m. to 7.20 p.m. between Green Park Metro Station and Sultanpur Metro Station. The single line operations were undertaken from 7.20 p.m. to 8.20 p.m between Green Park station and Sultanpur station to carry the passengers from one end to another,” a Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) press release said.

However the services from Jahangirpuri Metro station to Green Park Metro station and from Sultanpur Metro station to Huda City Centre Metro station remained normal, it added.

“After undertaking the urgent maintenance work of the affected portion near Qutub Minar the full normalcy also restored between Green Park Metro station and Sultanpur Metro station at 8.22 p.m.,” the release said.

Metro officials also claimed that services were “normal” on other lines whereas passengers complained of delayed services on most lines.

Delayed and crowded trains added to commuter woes at several stations, particularly at Rajiv Chowk, the busiest inter-change, and some stations on other routes.

“There was so much crowd at the Metro station that I had to come back to office,” said Divya Gupta, who works in Green Park in south Delhi.

“The trains are jam-packed… There is no place to even set foot in the ladies coach. Getting into the rest of the train is near impossible,” said Ritu Singh at the Delhi University station.

Delhi Metro ferries some 14 lakh people every day.

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