Power failure stops Metro for 11 hours

10,000 commuters could not travel from Sampige Road to Rajajinagar

Power failure stops Metro for 11 hours

People travelling by Metro between Nagasandra and Mantri Square Sampige Road stations were in for a surprise disruption in the service for 11 long hours on Thursday.

The service was disrupted between 6 am and 5 pm after a power failure was detected on the Nagasandra-Mantri Square Sampige Road station line (Reach 3 and 3A). It is estimated that nearly 10,000 commuters could not travel during the duration of the disruption between Rajajinagar and Mantri Square Sampige Road stations.

The Metro began its daily journey as usual at 5 am on either side. Around 6 am, some power fluctuations were identified. Services were stopped immediately to detect the source of fluctuations.

No power failure was detected between Nagasandra and Rajajinagar. Hence, the service resumed between these stations at 7.30 am.  But the service between Rajajinagar and Mantri Square Sampige Road stations could not be restored at 7.30 am as the power failure had not yet been rectified and power fluctuations persisted.

Metro authorities were able to fix this problem only by 5 pm, and then the service resumed between the two stations.

The problem, BMRCL officials said, lay in the Mantri Square Sampige Road station side, while there was no hitch on the Nagasandra side. That’s why the service between Rajajinagar and Mantri Square Sampige Road stations opened so late.

The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) explained the problem in a press statement in the evening. “Due to power supply problem at Mantri Square Sampige Road station on Reach 3/3A, the train services were affected early morning today between Nagasandra and Mantri Square Sampige Road stations.

The train services were restored at 7.30 am between Nagasandra and Rajajinagar Metro stations. The services from Rajajinagar to Mantri Square Sampige Road stations were restored at 5 pm. The technical failure is under investigation. Also, in order to facilitate commuters, feeder buses were arranged to ferry them between Mantri Square Sampige Road and Rajajinagar stations.” 

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