Elevated trek for Metro commuters

Mumbai : The Metro services came to an abrupt halt between Airport Road and Versova on Wednesday evening after the overhead equipment snapped a few meters away from Andheri station.

The problem occurred at 5:15 pm and it took the authorities an hour to address it. In a first of its kind incident the commuters were seen getting off the trains and walking towards the station on the elevated tracks. Of course, as a spokesperson from Mumbai Metro One, explained, “The path along the Metro tracks has a railing on both sides; it also has proper lighting to facilitate the evacuation process, if there is any incident at night-time”. But he could not explain why the incident had occurred within days of an 8-hour megaq block being enforced by the Metro authorities. The problem, it turned out, was with the overhead wires following which a Ghatkopar bound train came to a halt a few meters away from Andheri

station. Until the matter was resolved, no services were operational between Airport Road and Versova; thankfully, there was no disruption between Marol Naka and Ghatkopar. But since the disruption had occurred in the evening peak hours, the crowd at the station swelled in no time. Several of them, who would normally take a metro, had to wait for BEST buses or take an auto rickshaw.

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