Mumbai Monorail comes to a halt due to technical glitch, passengers evacuated
A technical glitch brought Mumbai Monorail services to a grinding halt on early Monday morning.
The Monorail service came to a halt around 6:30 am on Monday morning, when a train became unoperational near Bhakti Park station. Since then, services between Wadala Depot and Bharat Petroleum have come to a standstill. However, service between Bharat Petroleum and Chembur is still functional.
According to an official from the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), the service was likely affected due to a problem with the rake’s power supply. A team is currently trying to fix the issue and bring the service back on track.
Around 11 passengers were stuck inside the Monorail for over 30 minutes, before a crane was deployed to evacuate them. As of 9:30 am, all passengers were successfully evacuated from the Monorail.
In March 2015, a similar incident had left passengers stranded near Bhakti Park station. Then too, fire brigade had to be called in to evacuate the passengers.
About Mumbai Monorail
The construction on the Mumbai Monorail began in 2009 and the first line, between Wadala Depot and Chembur, was opened to the public on 2 February 2014. The monorail travels at an average speed of 65 km/h and can carry upto 568 passengers in a 4-coach rake.
The second phase of the Monorail, consisting of 11 stations from Wadala Depot to Jacob Circle, will be built at a cost of Rs 1,900 crore. It is scheduled to open in September 2016.