Metro services disrupted as drain overflows, broken pantograph stalls trains
Kolkata: Metro services were disrupted for 10 minutes on Sunday morning, after water from the sewerage line overflowed and went on the track. Immediately, Kavi Subhas bound rakes were stopped at different Metro stations. Services were resumed after the track was clear.
Meanwhile, later in the evening, train services on the Sealdah-Naihati main line were partially affected after the pantograph of a local train broke.
According to sources, on Sunday morning at around 11:17 am, a Metro rake developed a technical snag and came to a halt just before entering Rabindra Sarobar station. The motorman tried to restart the rake but failed. Immediately, he informed Metro authorities at the station about the glitch.
Within minutes, engineers and other Metro staff went to the rake and tried to find out the cause. While doing so, they noticed that the drain located in the middle of the track was filled to the brim. As a result, water overflowed and reached the track.
Immediately, electricity connection to the third rail was cut off and a power block was activated to avoid any untoward incident. The rake was evacuated. After 10 minutes, the track was cleared and power to the third rail was restored.
Metro authorities have acknowledged the disruption. According to the officials, services were resumed at 11:27 am. Meanwhile, the Down line was operational. Some Kavi Subhas bound rakes ran late due to the problem.
In another incident, train services in the Sealdah-Naihati main line got partially affected after the pantograph of a Naihati-Majerhat local broke on Sunday afternoon at around 4:45 pm, between Ichhapur and Barrackpore railway stations.
Three tower wagons along with maintenance staff were sent to the spot to fix the pantograph as soon as possible.
Delayed train movements were arranged using Up and Down suburban lines. However, Sealdah-Lalgola Dhanadhanya Express was
detained for quite a long time. Later, it was passed using the Up suburban line, which was being used for local trains.