A Delhi Metro train that is enabled to be operated without a driver crashed through the wall of the depot at Kalindi Kunj and stopped just short of falling from the height into the drain outside the compound. In six days' time, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to throw open the Kalkaji Mandir-Botanical Garden stretch of the Magenta Line on which this train operates. By evening, an analysis of the events leading to the accident, however, revealed that it was a yard accident caused by human error, and not a running train mishap.
The empty train reversed into the boundary walls around 3.40pm on Tuesday. Eyewitnesses first heard a loud noise and then saw the rear of the train protrude from the outermost wall of the depot. The train was at the workshop and, as per procedure, had its brakes decommissioned. When it was moved up a ramp for washing, it should have had the brakes back in working configuration, but due to human neglect the recommissioning of the brakes had not taken place. It, therefore, rolled back and crashed into the walls.
"Shocking lapse! There can be no compromise on passenger safety," Delhi's transport minister Kailash Gahlot tweeted even as the state government asked DMRC for a report on the incident.