New Delhi: The longest and the busiest corridor of the Delhi Metro network that ferries 9.8 lakh commuters daily has become synonymous for frequent technical snafus. Sharat Sharma, Director Operations, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) admitted that the Corporation did not envision that the line will become so expansive and one of the longest line of the present network.
“At first the section from Dwarka to Barakhamba road was constructed and then it was extended to Mandi House. The Vaishali section was constructed much later and from the other end, the corridor was extended till Dwarka Sector 21,” he said.
Responding to the technical glitches hitting the line frequently he said, “As it is the longest and carries much more traffic than other lines, the probability of faults occurring on this corridor is much higher. Being the longest corridor (52 km), the cascading effect is much more on Blue Line. In Monday’s incident too although the disruption took place near Mandi House, the effects were felt till Dwarka, where the corridor terminates,” added Sharma.
The Blue Line is followed by Yellow Line (HUDA City Centre to Jahangirpuri) in length, but is less prone to setbacks. “Being mostly underground, the extraneous factors such as cable thefts do not affect the Gurgaon Line so much,” he said.
This was the fifth time in the past six months that the corridor experienced technical snag on Monday, delaying scores of passengers. In October, services were disrupted after the signalling system near the Yamuna Bank interchange station failed to set directions for trains coming from Dwarka.