Speed restrictions on Delhi Metro's Blue Line have upset passengers who say they reached their destinations late as the "train stopped at every station for over 10 minutes". Micro-blogging site Twitter is flooded with angry posts by commuters over the delay.
"Running in Delhi metro right now in blue line and every station is having a stoppage of not less than 10 mins. Pathetic services and most unreliable mode of conveyance in Delhi. Pathetic management," wrote a user. "What is happening to blue line today. I got late by 1 hour today," wondered another user.
@DelhiMetro_ running in Delhi metro right now in blue line and every station is having a stoppage of not less than 10 mins. Pathetic services and most unreliable mode of conveyance in Delhi. Pathetic management.- Divya (@Divyaangeleyes) August 28, 2018
@DelhiMetro_ what is happening to blue line today. I got late by 1 hr today...- Sahil Hans (@sahilhans007) August 28, 2018
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has clarified that due to some planned periodic maintenance by the Track department in the night, temporary speed restriction of 15 kilometer per hour (kmph) has been imposed on Up line between Subhash Nagar and Tilak Nagar stations (going towards Dwarka) and the speed restrictions will continue today.
It further said that this may result in minor bunching and delay on the Blue Line. "The maintenance work happens at night but the rains did not allow finishing it in the deadline," the Delhi Metro body said.
Disgruntled commuters say that the trains have been "crawling" on Delhi Metro Blue Line and running with packed coaches. "The situation was "claustrophobic," said a commuter.
Delhi Metro fares were hiked by up to 100 per cent across multiple distance slabs last year after two-phase fare hike effected in May and October. Fares of Delhi Metro are likely to go up in January, 2019 again.