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Delhi Metro: Thieves cut cable wire on Blue Line route, passengers remained upset throughout the day

Delhi Metro Services: Metro services from morning between Indraprastha and Yamuna Bank stations of Blue Line due to cable theft on Down Line going towards Vaishali/Noida Electronic City (Metro Services) remained affected. Due to which there was a problem of this route track circuit drop ie signaling. Due to which trains have been restricted to run in manual mode only with a limited speed of 25 kmph. Due to this, the train service between these two stations was interrupted.

Restoration work on this section will be completed at night time on July 19 after the shutdown of revenue services, as it will take three hours and work to identify the exact location of the theft. Announcements are being made regularly inside the stations and trains on the Blue Line to inform the passengers about this. Its information has also been shared through social media.

Services interrupted due to technical problem
Several commuters faced difficulties as services were delayed due to a major technical glitch in a section of the Blue Line of the Delhi Metro. This information was provided by officers. The Blue Line connects Vaishali to Dwarka Sector-21 in Delhi and Electronic City in Noida and a branch at Yamuna Bank. The flaw was detected in the morning and the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) tweeted around 8 am to alert the passengers. In the morning hours, most office-going commuters use the Metro service.

DMRC tweeted
Delhi Metro tweeted, “Blue Line Update: Services Delayed from Indraprastha to Yamuna Bank. Service normal on all other lines.” DMRC later said in a statement that train services between Indraprastha and Yamuna Bank stations of Blue Line were affected since morning due to “a suspected case of cable theft” on the down line. “This has caused track circuit drop (signaling problem) in this section, restricting trains to run in manual mode only at a limited speed of 25 kmph,” a senior official said.

Passengers tweeted upset
Vani Bhatia, who lives in Noida and travels to Delhi, said, “Today, the train I boarded from Noida Sector 52 station was running at normal speed. But, as soon as it reached Akshardham, all the passengers had to get down. Was told and repeatedly announced that there was a technical fault. The next metro came after 15 minutes.” Several commuters shared the difficulties faced on Twitter and reminded DMRC that the Blue Line has been witnessing frequent faults in the last two months.

Information shared on social media
DMRC officials said the repair work on the affected portion of the Blue Line would be completed after the revenue services were suspended on Tuesday night. He said this is because up to three hours of “access to the track” would be needed to identify the exact location of the theft and make necessary changes. An official said, “Announcements are being made inside stations and trains on the Blue Line to inform the passengers about the matter. Information has also been shared through social media.”

Metro services were also disrupted on 9 June
On June 9, due to a technical fault, services on the Blue Line of Delhi Metro were delayed for more than two hours. On June 6, services on the Blue Line were affected for about one and a half hours due to a technical snag caused by a bird collision. Recently, when DMRC chief Vikas Kumar was asked about several technical snag incidents on the Delhi Metro corridor, especially the Blue Line, he said, “These include Most of the overhead equipment issues were caused by birds colliding and birds dropping something on it. We have mentioned this in the report submitted to the Delhi Transport Department.”

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