Delhi Metro Catching Fire: Video Goes Viral, DMRC Provides Explanation

Delhi Metro Catching Fire: Video Goes Viral, DMRC Provides Explanation

Delhi Metro Catching Fire: Video Goes Viral, DMRC Provides Explanation

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The incident occurred while the train was parked at Rajiv Chowk station, with the destination being Vaishali.

28th May 2024

By Khushi Maheshwari

On Monday, a video of a fire breaking out onboard a Metro train stationed at New Delhi’s Rajiv Chowk station went viral on social media. At 6:21 p.m, the Metro was travelling in the direction of Vaishali.

The flame coming from the train’s pantograph is shown in the opening scene of the ANI on X video. After that, the camera cuts to many passengers who are using their cellphones to record the situation and are tensely debating what might have started the fire.

The video had accumulated several reactions from social media users, with over 67,000 views on X. A user remarked that it looked scary but posed little or no hazard. Another user commented that the Hauz Khas metro station was also on high alert with no safety precautions taken, as it had been converted into a food court instead of a metro station.

Another netizen questioned the recent reports of back-to-back fire outbreaks. 

After the video had gone viral, a clarification was issued by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) stating that the “affected pantograph” had been put out of service, and the train had resumed its journey five minutes later.

The DMRC stated that the extant incident was identified as the case of pantograph flashing, which occurs at times due to some external or foreign material getting stuck between OHE and the pantograph and poses no safety threat or hazard to passengers. However, it was mentioned that the exact cause would be further investigated in this case.

It was added by the DMRC that the affected pantograph was immediately put out of service, and the train continued its onward journey as usual after around 5 minutes of troubleshooting with the remaining pantographs of the train.