Passengers travelling on the Violet Line train of Delhi Metro on Thursday had a narrow escape as a significantly large portion of metal sheet feel on the moving train between between Jangpura and Lajpat Nagar stations.
According to officials, the accident took place due to the bad weather resulting in heavy winds and rain on Thursday evening. Faced with the sudden fall of a huge metal railing, the train stopped in time to avoid what looked like a huge disaster waiting to happen. Although no one was hurt, the accident caused a considerable disruption on the route particularly during the evening peak hour.
“The railing fell due to sudden high wind pressure and hit the side of the train on the section. The driver stopped the train and subsequently the passengers onboard were taken to the next station (Lajpat Nagar metro station). Nobody was injured,” DMRC’s Executive Director for Corporate Communications, Anuj Dayal was quoted by PTI.
Mithun Vijayan, a commuter, travelling on the train when the accident took place, told Times of India, “We were sitting inside the train when it was climbing up a ramp while traveling from the underground Jangpura station to the elevated Lajpat Nagar station on Violet Line. There are huge metal barricades on both sides of this ramp. Suddenly there was a huge sound and the train came to halt. People started panicking and there was absolute pandemonium inside the train.”
The Violet Line connects Kashmere Gate in Delhi to Escorts Mujesar in Faridabad in Haryana.
Sharing her harrowing experience, another passenger, Kanika said, “I was exasperated and felt like I would never reach, but finally after a long wait, I got off at Nehru Place and took an auto-rickshaw to my home.”
“Kailash Colony is the 10th station from Sarai, so it takes around 20-25 minutes, but yesterday it took about 50 minutes for the same journey. Trains on the opposite line were also seen at much longer intervals,” she was further quoted by PTI.
Sudden heavy rains accompanied by gusty winds had lashed the National Capital Region of Delhi an on Thursday evening. There were reports of tree falling even in adjoining Noida due to heavy winds that accompanied the brief shower.