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Video of fire outbreak at Delhi Metro train goes viral, DMRC clarifies

Metro

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) responded to a viral video showing a minor fire on a Metro train stationed at Rajiv Chowk station on Monday. The incident involved a train bound for Vaishali around 6:21 pm, as clarified by DMRC.

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DMRC explained that the fire resulted from pantograph flashing, a phenomenon caused by foreign material getting stuck between the overhead electrical (OHE) line and the pantograph, posing no danger to passengers. However, further investigation into the exact cause is underway.

Upon discovery, the affected pantograph was promptly taken out of service. After approximately 5 minutes of troubleshooting with the remaining pantographs, the train resumed its journey without incident.

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For context, the pantograph is an apparatus mounted on the train’s roof to collect electricity for powering it.

The Delhi Metro, operational since 2002, has been integral to the lives of Delhiites. With a network spanning about 392.44 km and 288 stations across Delhi and NCR, it serves as a crucial transportation lifeline. The inaugural corridor between Shahdara and Tis Hazari opened on December 25, 2002. Annually, the Delhi Metro facilitates the transportation of 700 million passengers, surpassing the population of the United States.

 

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