Signalling glitch slows Blue Line

Signalling glitch slows Blue Line

Trains run at 20 kmph, skip Mandi House, commuters have a bad day

Metro commuters travelling on Blue Line had a bad Monday with trains running at just 20 km per hour throughout the day due to signalling problem during rush hours.

The worst-hit were office-goers as the fault started at around 8 am on trains heading to Dwarka on line 4 Line – Dwarka to Noida City Centre/Vaishali.

Announcements of the glitch was heard on the radio. “After hearing it on the radio that a man started at 8 am from Mayur Vihar extension and couldn’t reach Yamuna Bank till 10 am, I decided to take an autorickshaw today,” said Akansha, a private firm employee.

According to DMRC, the problem occurred due to damage or theft in the signaling cable measuring around 700 metre connecting the track circuits to the junction box between Pragati Maidan and Mandi House Metro stations.

“Trains going towards Dwarka were moving at a restricted speed as automatic target speed is not available since the Automatic Train Protection system is not activated due to disruption in cable. This has slowed the trains on Line 3/4,” a DMRC spokesperson said
Trains did not stop at Mandi House station which added to the woes of commuters.

“I asked my nephew to pick me up from the Mandi House station, but now the train is not stopping at the station what am I supposed to do?” 62-year-old Sushma Rani said after getting down at Barakhamba Road station at around 3.30 pm.

A DMRC spokesperson said the station is closed in order to manage the rush and frequency of the trains.

The snag continued for almost the entire day on the whole corridor. “Since the fault can be rectified only by replacing the entire cable manually, maintenance work will be taken up during the night hours after the passenger services are over,” said a DMRC official.

“In order to cater to the peak hour rush, DMRC has inducted three additional trains from Indraprastha to Dwarka and necessary announcements are also being made at the stations advising the commuters about the movement of trains,” he added.

Officer-goers were found calling up people and advising them not to take metro. “I called my friend and asked her not to take Metro even though she travels on yellow line. Rajiv Chowk station is over crowded like anything.

The glitch on the blue line has added rush on the other lines too,” said Tanishka, a DU student.

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