Metro services affected after RPF personnel notices spark
Kolkata: Metro services were disrupted after Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel noticed an electric spark under a metro rake on Friday morning at Jatin Das Park Metro station. Passengers got panic-stricken after they came to know about the incident but later no problem was detected and services were restored.
According to Metro Railway authorities, on Friday, at 10:38 am, a Dum Dum-bound metro was entering Jatin Das Park station. While the metro was approaching the platform, a RPF personnel saw a spark under a metro rake. He promptly informed the motor man of the rake and the station manager. Immediately, the rake was stopped at the Jatin Das Park metro station and passengers were requested to evacuate the rake. Hearing about the spark, some passengers got panic-stricken.
According to sources, the connection to the third rail was disconnected and engineers were informed. Soon, a team of metro engineers thoroughly checked the rake but found no problem. The connection to the third rail was restored and the rake was checked again. No problem could be detected. After 10 minutes, the rake was given clearance to ply as usual. Around 10:48 am passengers were asked to board the rake and leave the station. During its further journey to Dum Dum no problem cropped up.
This apart, metro services were disrupted on May 8 morning after electricity connection tripped at the Jatin Das Park Metro Station around 10:40 am, a Dum Dum-bound non-Air Conditioned (AC) rake came to a halt as the power supply was cut off due to some unknown reason. The motorman tried to start the rake but failed. Having no other option, Metro authorities cut-off the power to the Kavi Subhas-bound line for necessary repair works.
Passengers were evacuated in the process. Later, engineers of Metro Railway managed to restore the power but what led to the power trip is still unknown. Metro authorities had said at 10.42 am, a non-AC train was held up at Jatin Das Park Metro Station. Power was restored and the train left at 10.59 am.
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