Jointly inaugurated by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh yesterday, Lucknow Metro fails on maiden run
Lucknow: A Lucknow Metro train broke down on its first day of public use leaving 101 passengers stranded for hours and in need of rescue.
The metro runs on a 8.5-km ‘priority corridor’ from Transport Nagar to Charbagh in the city. The metro services is open to commuters from 6 am to 10 pm every day. The highest fare, between the two terminal stations, is Rs. 30.
Officials at Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation said that the train developed a technical snag around 7.15 am and emergency brakes were applied. The train was stopped between Durgapuri and Mawaiya station.
There were no lights and air-conditioning when the train stopped near Mawaiya metro stations, leading to panic among the passengers.
All 101 passengers travelling on the train were rescued through the emergency rear exit and were taken safely to the Durgapuri Metro station from where they traveled to the Transport Nagar Metro station on a different train, officials said.
The Lucknow Metro was launched with much fanfare on Tuesday, a day before. India’s Home Minister Rajnath Singh had inaugurated the service in the presence of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. It was said that Lucknow Metro was to be the most modern of metros in the country. However, the first-day glitches narrated a different tale.