On Tuesday afternoon, Delhi Metro’s driverless train rammed into a boundary wall after the authorities failed to check the brake systems. The incident took place at 3:40 pm at the Kalindi Kunj depot. Nobody was injured in the crash, but the pictures from the accident went viral on the internet. Soon after the accident, Twitter was bombarded with hilarious memes made out of the viral picture. Check them out.
PM Modi is scheduled to inaugurate the Kalkaji Mandir-Botanical Garden stretch of the Magenta Line, which will run between Delhi and Noida. The authorities have blamed the accident on human negligence and a high-level inquiry is ordered on the matter.
"A trial train was moved from the workshop without testing the brake system as a result of which, while the train was moving up the ramp for washing, it rolled back and hit the adjacent boundary wall," the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation said in a statement.
Ideally, the brake system of the train should’ve been tested before sending it for the trial. "It appears this was not done...the person who took charge of the train did not check the brake...Without the brakes, the train rolled back when it was being taken on a washing ramp," the statement said.
Delhi Metro's Managing Director Mangu Singh said operations on the Magenta Line were "absolutely safe", with a high level of automation. "Today's incident was manual error during maintenance and has nothing to do with the trials or passenger safety during future operations," said Mr Singh.