"Those who decided to take autos and taxis were reportedly fleeced."
New Delhi, May 7 - Thousands of commuters were left stranded Wednesday evening as a technical snag hit Delhi Metro's Blue Line during the rush hour, causing delay and overcrowding at many stations, officials said.
The Blue Line operates from Dwarka to Noida City Centre/Vaishali terminals.
Due to the snapping of an overhead electrical wire near Indraprastha station, no services were available between Yamuna Bank and Barakhamba since 6.40 p.m., said a statement from the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation -.
As a result, three stations between Yamuna Bank and Barakhamba Roada - Indraprastha, Pragati Maidan and Mandi House - were shut down.
Train services were available in loops from Dwarka to Barakhamba and Yamuna Bank to Noida/Vaishali. It said normalcy will be restored as soon as the wire is repaired.
However, according to many commuters who were stuck, the snag developed around 6 p.m. and resulted in crowds overflowing at many stations.
The spill-over effects could be seen at stations as far as Noida Sector 18.
Those who decided to take autos and taxis were reportedly fleeced.
I waited for the metro for over an hour, and then decided to take the auto - home. But all of them were occupied and the rest were demanding double the normal fare, said Ankita Kapoor, a 19-year-old student who was stuck at the Noida Sector 18 station.