Signalling snag, metro services delayed on Noida-Dwarka route

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New Delhi, Feb 1 (PTI) A signalling problem on DelhiMetro network today delayed services on the busy Noida Linecausing severe inconvenience to commuters during morning rushhours.

The delay in trains led to over-crowding at platformsof busy stations like Rajiv Chowk, Laxmi Nagar and Akshardhamas people jostled with each other to get into the trains whichwere running late.

Services were delayed at around 8.30 AM after thesignalling problem disrupted the services between Dwarka andRajouri Garden, leading to over-crowding in trains.

"The train services were affected today due to a problemin the UPS system (which supplies power to the signalingequipment) which affected the signaling system between DwarkaSec-21 and Rajouri Garden section," a DMRC spokesman said.

The problem led to slow movement of trains betweenDwarka Sec-21 and Rajouri Garden Metro stations resulting intobunching of trains, the spokesman said.

Dwarka Line is one of the most crowded lines on Metronetwork and it caters to over 6 lakh people everyday.

Though Metro said normalcy was restored in this sectionand services became normal immediately, passengers claimed theservices were delayed till late in the morning and the trainswere stopping at every station for more than the stipulatedtime.

Anuksha, a software professional, said she got stuckin a train for around 15 minutes and it took nearly two hoursfor her to reach Rajiv Chowk from Dwarka.

"It took nearly 2 hours for me to reach Rajiv Chowk.

The train stopped at every station for more than the usualtime and it was irritating to sit inside the train for such along time," she said.

Some passengers also alleged a train stopped atAkshardham station for over 10 minutes but it was denied byMetro officials.

Technical snags on Metro have almost become a regularfeature with frequent incidents being reported in the pastthree months.

On January 10, trains on the busy Noida corridor weredelayed due to a technical problem.

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