Less than a week after train services were temporarily stopped in the Purple Line on Namma Metro in Bengaluru due to a power failure, there was another disruption in services on Wednesday between 11.30 am and 12.10 pm, between Baiyyappanahalli and Indiranagar stations.
“Train services between Indranagar and Baiyappanahalli will not be available between 11.30 am to 12 noon today due to urgent maintenance work to third rail traction power at SV Road station. Services will continue to be available between Mysore Road to Indiranagar,” the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) said in a tweet.
Yashwant Chavan, PRO, BMRCL, said, “The train services were stopped between stations to fix some power supply snags in the third rail system. Services were suspended for 30 minutes, but were operational from Indiranagar to Mysuru Road stations.”
Commuters were inconvenienced as they were informed about the impromptu maintenance work only they reached the Baiyappanahalli and SV Road metro stations.
“Shutting down the Metro for maintenance without any prior information is an inconvenience for daily passengers. A 40-minute delay here will cost us more than one and a half hours. Why can’t officials plan and inform passengers in advance?” one irate commuter in Baiyappanahalli said.
On Sunday too, train services in the same line was hit for 47 minutes, as lightning damaged electrical equipment at Baiyappanahalli metro station.
Then in a release, BMRCL said, “Traction power supply on the Purple Line was not available from 7.23 pm to 8.01 pm. During this period, short-loop train operations were done between Indiranagar and Mysuru Road station. Full services on Purple Line, between Mysuru Road and Byappanahalli, were restored at 8.10 pm.”
On both days, services in the Green Line were unaffected.