LUCKNOW: On its debut commercial run, more than 100 passengers were rescued from the Lucknow metro this morning as the first day of the new service turned nightmare.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had jointly inaugurated the 8.5-kilometre on Tuesday. Governor Ram Naik was also present on the occasion.
The train ran into a technical glitch and stopped for over an hour. The passengers, including school children were stuck till a team of officials from the Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) arrived to rescue them. There was no air-conditioning or lights when the train stopped near Mavaiya. Passengers were put onto another train from different station.
“There was some fault in this traction and we are working on it. All trains are plying on the other parallel track.” An official from LMRC told PTI.
The Lucknow Metro is the pet project of former chief minister and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav which covers 8 stations currently and involves cost 6,880 crores.
The SP chief, however, took to Twitter to vent his angst following the technical snag, “The Lucknow Metro had been built and was ready for a while now… The union government, via the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS), took such a long time to give the No-Objection Certificate (NOC)… despite that, the metro failed on the first day!”
लखनऊ मेट्रो तो पहले से ही बनकर तैयार थी, भारत सरकार ने CMRS के जरिए NOC देने में इतना लंबा वक़्त लिया, फिर भी पहले ही दिन मेट्रो ठप ! pic.twitter.com/zTclU6qdzm
— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) September 6, 2017
Meanwhile, police resorted to lathicharge on Samajwadi Party workers in Lucknow’s Transport Nagar shortly after the Lucknow Metro incident. SP workers claimed they were disallowed from boarding the metro.