Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line train crashed into the wall in Kalindi Kunj depot during its trial run on Tuesday. The incident took place just six days before Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to inaugurate the new line.
A statement by Delhi Metro said that no was hurt in the accident adding that the fault appeared to have been a case of human error.
Its statement read, “A trial train was moved from the workshop without testing the brake system as a result of which, while the train was moving up the ramp for washing, it rolled back and hit the adjacent boundary wall
“As per normal procedure prescribed, when a train enters the workshop, the brakes of the train are decommissioned so that the train and its systems including the brakes can be freely checked. As per procedure, once the train is again re-commissioned, the brakes should have been tested by the maintenance staff in the depot before the train left the shed. The train movement inside the workshop area is done manually and not by the signalling system.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to inaugurate Kalkaji Mandir-Botanical Garden stretch on 25 December.
Not so long ago, Delhi Metro was a topic of huge controversy after the central government raised its fares. The Delhi government, headed by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, had opposed the move.
Weeks later, it emerged that the underground train service had lost three lakh passengers every month because of the steep hike in its fares. An RTI reply had revealed that the number of people using the Delhi Metro everyday had come down to 24.2 lakh in October from 27.4 lakh in September, translating to a fall of around 11 percent. The Blue Line, considered to be the metro’s busiest, had lost over 30 lakh commuters, according to data shared by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) in response to an RTI query.