Unmanned Metro rams into Kalindi Kunj depot wall

By Avishek Dubey
Photo: Avishek Dubey
Posted: Dec 19, 2017

Today an unmanned train of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation crashed into the wall of the Kalindi Kunj (Metro) Depot. 

According to the spokesperson of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), Anuj Dayal, the incident occurred at 3.40 pm. The train, which had been undergoing a series of trial runs, had been moved out of the workshop today for cleaning and maintenance. However, the brake system had not been tested, as a result of which the train rolled back and hit the adjacent boundary wall of the Kalindi Kunj depot while it was being moved on the ramp for washing. 

“As per the prescribed procedure, when a train enters a workshop, the brakes of the train are decommissioned so the entire body, including the brakes, can be properly checked. After the train is re-commissioned, the brakes need to be tested by the maintenance staff at the depot. But this had not happened today, which caused the accident. The train movement inside the workshop area is done manually and not by the signalling system,” Dayal explained.

He also stated that prima facie, it appeared that the prescribed procedure was not adhered to. "While stopping at the ramp, since the brakes were not in place, the train rolled back, causing the accident," shared Dayal. 

The MD of DMRC has ordered an inquiry into the incident by a committee of three officers holding the rank of executive directors. The committee will consist of executive director/rolling stock (project), executive director/rolling stock (operations and maintenance) and executive director/operations.

Since prima facie the incident appears to be a case of human error and negligence, appropriate action will be taken after the inquiry.

This train is part of the Magenta line (connecting Kalkaji Mandir to Botanical Garden), which will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 25. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is also expected to join the inauguration. 

TAGS: Delhi Metro / Accident / Kalindi Kunj / Magenta Line / DMRC / Kalkaji Mandir / Botanical Garden / UP CM / Narendra Modi