Delhi metro’s new “Magenta Line” crashed through a wall,barely missing crashing onto the ground just days before being launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.The first driverless metro is stretched between Kalkaji Mandir and Botanical Garden and is said to decrease the traveling time from South Delhi to Noida to just 19 minutes. The train was being tested when it went through a wall at the Kalindi¬† Kunj depot.The train was being taken to the washing ramp when it slipped from the ramp and crashed.The incident took place at 3:40 PM 19th December 2017.
“A trial train was moved from the workshop without testing the brake system as a result of which, while the train was moving up the ramp for washing, it rolled back and hit the adjacent wall”, DMRC said in a statement. Two coaches were damaged but no human casualty occured as the metro was empty.Though even after this incident,Delhi Metro’s Managing Director Mangu Singh said that the metro line was absolutely safe and that the incident was a manual error during maintenance and was not related with the automatic work and testing of the metro and that the brakes were disengaged and not failed during the incident.
The Magenta Line, which is stretched to a distance of 12.64 kms, was granted a safety approval just last month and will have automated platform screen doors at every station.