Delhi Metro's Blue line hit by an eagle, thousands stranded

Henrietta Strickland
June 14, 2017

Services affected for over three hours during evening rush.

An eagle brought the Delhi Metro's Blue Line to a grinding halt on Tuesday evening when it hit an overhead wire, triggering a short circuit and a three-hour snag in the train system.

"An eagle hit led to a short circuit of insulator resulting in sagging of catenary wire". While the fix work was underway, trains operated on a single line in alternating loops between the Indraprastha and Yamuna Bank stations.

"The OHE team is taking remedial measures and train movement is being regulated on this section for the time being", he said.

The over 50-km-long Blue Line, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation's (DMRC) longest corridor as of now, is extremely snag-prone due to a host of factors including its vulnerability to external factors as it is largely overground. Trains were run on a single line, alternatively in either direction, and repairs were carried out.

Passengers complained that the trains were operating at a snail's pace at several stations including Indraprastha and were halting for a longer time than was usual. The issue is yet to be resolved, so metro stations and trains continue to be crowded. "Due to this, the platform was overcrowded", Rajeev Mukhi, a daily commuter said.

Naina Nath, who was trying to get back home to Noida from her office in Gurugram, got a shock when she got off at the Rajiv Chowk station to change to the Blue Line. However, entry and exit points to the stations were not shut, thus increasing the rush of commuters. Some commuters began leaving to find other modes of transport.

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