Panic as Metro halts

Technical glitch, which is said to be the reason for the incident on October 28, was not the first instance. On January 23, during the first full trial run, over 200 passeng­e­rs, including family members of BMRCL MD N Sivasailam, got stuck at Ulsoor station due to technical glitches.

On Monday, the passengers panicked, thinking it was case of short circuit as the emerg­e­n­cy messages began to pop up on display screens inside the coaches. The smell of burnt rubber in the train fuelled their tension till the train began to move a few minutes later. But, the staff of the control room and the station are said to have kept the higher officials in dark over the incident.

They claimed they came to know about the incident after it was reported in a newspaper. One of the BMRCL officials said probably a firecracker fallen on the track which could have smelt like a burnt rubber. But, they were non-committal. The BMRCL has been inquiring into the incident while the Commissioner of Railway Safety has ordered an inquiry.

Deccan Herald’s attempt to contact officials to ascertain the status of the investigation was futile. But, a few staff at the station confirmed that the incident had occurred.

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