HYDERABAD (Metro Rail News): Dozens of passengers of the Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) had to deboard the train and walk on the tracks to the Ameerpet station after a technical snag halted the vehicle on Tuesday evening.
The HMR said that the pantograph of the train, which draws power from the overhead electrical traction system, got entangled with another overhead electrical line. Those who were on board said that the train stopped with a sudden jerk.
The incident took place between the Begumpet and Ameerpet stations, which forced authorities to evacuate the passengers through the emergency exit.
“Trains are being run on the other line in single line method carefully in restricted mode and rectification works of the affected line are going on,” HMR had said in a statement shortly after the incident.
By around 8 pm, the HMR said that it had started its services, but with a lesser frequency, and regretted the inconvenience caused to passengers.
Despite this, several stations witnessed a huge rush and long delays well past 9 pm. Passengers lamented that the ongoing strike by employees of the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) only made things worse.
Many also took to Twitter to complain about the rush and the delay. Just last month, service was interrupted on the blue line of the Metro for over an hour, due to a technical glitch, as a train developed a technical difficulty shortly after crossing Parade grounds.
At the time, authorities had to dispatch another train to the location to push the halted train to Paradise station where the metro passengers were made to disembark the faulty train, and continue their commute on another train.