NOIDA: Operations on a section of the came to a halt on Monday evening after power supply was disrupted owing to a snag, the first major glitch at the corridor since its launch on January 25.
No trains were available from Sector 144 station till Pari Chowk station after 8.30pm and commuters were ferried in metro feeder buses for free between the two points.
The executive director of Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC), P D Upadhyaya said the snag took place around 8.30pm.“The technical snag occurred after an overhead burst near Sector 145 metro station. This caused a breakdown in power supply on the stretch and metro services on both sides were halted,” he said.
There were no technical glitches in the metro coaches. A total of 57 passengers were on the train that was headed towards Greater Noida’s Depot metro station when it was halted at Sector 144 station. There are five metro stations — Sector 145, Sector 146, Sector 147, Sector 148 and Knowledge Park 2 — between Sector 144 and Pari Chowk, which had no connectivity. Students and office-goers faced difficulties due to the breakdown.
Due to the glitch, the trains from Noida’s Sector 51 towards Greater Noida were stopped at Sector 144 station, from where they returned to Sector 51. Similarly, trains from Depot station towards Noida were stopped at Pari Chowk and returned from there.Two feeder buses ferried commuters between Sector 144 Pari Chowk, said Kunwarpal Singh, a metro feeder bus driver.
NMRC officials said Line services are available till 10pm. “Engineers from DMRC and NMRC are working to fix the glitches. We will resolve the issue. Services will resume on the route as normal from Tuesday morning,” Upadhyaya said. The glitches were not fixed till the filing of this report at 10pm.
NMRC said no fare was charged for the metro feeder service for commuters who were inconvenienced by the glitch.