After a bird hit, Delhi’s Blue Metro Line developed a technical snag forcing the authorities to shut down the operations for close to 3 hours leaving few thousands of passengers stranded in metro stations. The line connects Noida and Vaishali to Dwarka.
Since it was shut down at around 5PM which is the peak hour, many passengers could not commute to the place they wanted to reach. It happened when an overhead electrical (OHE) wire snapped at 4.55 pm between Indraprastha and Yamuna Bank stations after a bird hit.
An official said “An eagle hit the wire. It led to a short circuit of insulator resulting into parting of sagging of catenary wire,” adding further “The snag was reported on the down line where the metro was heading towards Noida/Vaishali.”
“Services were restored at 7.43 pm after the OHE was repaired. Normal services on the affected section have been resumed,” an official said.
Due to this trouble, even after it was fixed, people tried avoiding the commute and it saw sudden surge in the demand on cab aggragators leading to increase in the price for Ola and Uber. Other busy stations like Rajiv Chowk got crowded because of this incident since the entry and exit points were not shut down.