Kolkata: Metro services in Kolkata were shut down for nearly 50 minutes as a precautionary measure on Wednesday, following the high intensity earthquake that hit the Sumatra coast, which was felt across the metropolis.
The services were suspended from 2.42 PM to 3.30 PM, the Deputy General Manager (general) of Metro Railway, Pratyush Sinha told PTI.
Sinha said the temporary shut-down enabled engineers to inspect the tunnels for any damage or subsidence of the tracks and any damage to electrical installations.
The services resumed at 3.31 PM after the engineers gave the green signal, he said.
Trains were stopped mid-journey and passengers were asked to get down, Sinha said, adding that it was for the first time in the history of Kolkata Metro Rail that services were suspended due to a tremor.
Story First Published: April 11, 2012 18:12 IST