Passengers evacuated after snag hits Mumbai monorail

Passengers evacuated after  snag hits Mumbai monorail

Eleven people were evacuated by fire brigade from Mumbai monorail, the first and only in India, came to a halt following a technical snag on Sunday.

The first-of-its-kind incident raised questions about safety and efficiency of disaster management system.

The Monorail train services experienced a power disruption between Bhakti Park and Mysore Colony at about 7:58 am as the trains were not receiving the 750 vdc electricity. Due to this, two trains, RST 5 and RST 9, were stranded between Bhakti Park station and Mysore Colony station.

RST 9 was headed towards Bhakti Park station and RST 5 had just left the Bhakti Park station.

The power could be restored for a short while at about 8:20 am by which RST 9 reached the Bhakti Park station. However, RST 5 was again stranded between Bhakti Park and Mysore Colony station.

Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, taking the issue seriously, has ordered a probe, which would go into the details and fix responsibilities. “Power supply failed, then back-up power supply failed, how did it happen, I have asked the principal secretary of urban development department to probe the incident,” Fadnavis said in Wardha.

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