Over hundred passengers were stuck inside a Lucknow Metro train for more than an hour due to a technical snag on the first day of its commercial run today, officials said.
There were no lights and air-conditioning when the train stopped near Mawaiya metro stations.
Around 7.15 am, the train, on the way from Charbagh to the Transport Nagar metro station, developed a technical snag and emergency brakes were applied between Durgapuri and Mawaiya stations, Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation’s senior PRO Amit Kumar Srivastava said.
All 101 passengers travelling on the train were rescued through the emergency rear exit and were taken safely to the Durgapuri Metro station, he said. They traveled to the Transport Nagar Metro station on a different train.
“During the intervening period, LMRC officials provided proper care and support to all passengers inside the train.
The staff/officials at the Durgapuri Metro station ensured the commuters didn’t face further inconvenience,” he said.
The affected train has been withdrawn and taken to the Transport Nagar workshop/depot for troubleshooting.
Passengers, excited about their first trip on the much- awaited transport service, were stuck till a team of the Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) came to their rescue.
“I was excited about the metro journey. I took the train from Charbagh to reach airport to catch a flight to Delhi at 8.45 am but got stranded and missed the flight,” Gaurav told reporters.
Ashish, a student, said he would not be allowed entry in the school as he got stranded and late. “I took the train to reach early but due to the snag I am late now”, he said.
But his excitement has not disappeared. “I will again take the metro ride tomorrow.”
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had jointly inaugurated the maiden run of the metro with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh yesterday. Governor Ram Naik was also present on the occasion.
The 8.5-km ‘priority corridor’ runs from Transport Nagar to Charbagh in the city.