Fadnavis calls for probe after Mumbai Monorail breaks down, stranding many


By Omar Rashid  www.thehindu.com

The Maharashtra government on Sunday initiated a probe after the breakdown of monorail services due to power disruption left around a dozen passengers stranded midway through their journey in suburban Mumbai.

The fire brigade had to be rushed in to rescue the passengers and a pilot who were stranded in the car that had come to a standstill between Mysore Colony and Bhakti Park on the Wadala-Chembur Line on Sunday morning. All 10 passengers and one the captain (pilot) were safely evacuated to the ground.

The Monorail services experienced a power disruption between Bhakti Park and Mysore Colony at around 8 am “as the trains were not receiving the 750 vdc electricity” that powers them, senior officials said.

As a result, two trains were left stranded — while one was soon secured to the station due to temporary restoration of power, the other could not be moved as power tripped again midway. Services were restored by noon within three hours of disruption, after tests and trials were conducted for the entire system including movement of trains without passengers. More info