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Lucknow Metro develops technical snag on Day 1, passengers evacuated

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Passengers had to be evacuated on to the tracks as the Metro train stopped mid-way between Mawaiya and Durgapuri stations.

The debut run of Lucknow Metro started on a sorry note today due to a technical glitch. The train was stuck for nearly an hour between Mawaiya and Durgapuri stations triggering panic among passengers.
Being the first day of commercial operations, Metro engineers took some time before they could rectify the fault.

Passengers had to be evacuated mid-way on to the tracks after they started complaining of suffocation and high temperature inside the compartments.

According to initial reports, the metro broke down due to sudden application of emergency brake. The Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) has launched a probe into the incident.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh flagged off Lucknow Metro with much fan fare on Tuesday. The 8.5-km ‘priority corridor’ of the first phase runs between Transport Nagar and Charbagh.

Former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and his father Mulayam Singh Yadav had flagged off the trial run on the same stretch in December last year, just ahead of the Assembly elections, to showcase it as a signature project of the erstwhile Samajwadi Party government.

The BJP had attacked the Akhilesh government during the assembly election campaign, asking why metro trains were not running in Lucknow.

As the matter got embroiled in politics, Akhilesh had shot back saying it was due to the delay in obtaining clearance from the commissioner, Metro Railway Safety, and had blamed the Centre for it.

Akhilesh had yesterday posted a series of tweets to claim credit for the metro services.

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