Mumbai, 2 July-2014, Ateeq Shaikh/DNA: State of the art Mumbai Metro gave city what suburban railway could not in its historic existence. It gave the citizens travelling an opportunity for a ‘rain dance’ – as many tweets that went viral stated for the pouring it gave them from its Air Conditioning ducts.
Tweets and comments that went viral soon after even called it metro’s humble attempt at ‘rain water harvesting’ – something city often discussed but never got down to doing to resolve its water woes. The city’s first heavy showers that until recently exposed ill preparedness of the civic and railway authorities poked holes in a service that went over ground too.
Some tweets did not express surprise while stating that the trains were “China made”. Metro train started giving out rain water instead of fresh air from the air-conditioning system at around 11 am on Thursday morning, when it was pouring all over Mumbai.
But GUYS. Buy one #MumbaiMetro ticket, and get a water park ride free! YAY! pic.twitter.com/1TM8KUMejs
— Aniruddha Guha (@AniGuha) July 2, 2014
Yo Anil bhai, your metro is leaking! WTF? Shame on you for shoddy work. #MumbaiRains #mumbaimetro
— Perfidious Dog (@jarringtruths) July 2, 2014
110% ther is big scam which is yet not opened in front of us of this #MumbaiMetro… see this Rain inside Metro pic.twitter.com/MXlNQJIJci
— ♚ αηιкєт ѕαяναηкαя ♚ (@TigerSarvankar) July 2, 2014
Ideally any air-conditioned metro train should not leak rain water. But inside Mumbai Metro the leak wasn’t a minor one, it was literally pouring with commuters going merry click pictures and creating videos of the leakage. The Mumbai Metro authorities noticed this grave problem only after half an hour, which is by 11.30
Mumbai Metro spokesperson agreed to the problem and in a statement informed, “Out of 16 trains in service, one of the train’s AC unit reportedly malfunctioned during heavy shower. The train has been replaced with a train that was kept stand-by to ensure no impact on services. The train shall join in for regular run from tomorrow.”
Another problem that a commuter reported was one of the doors not opening at around 11.15 am on Thursday at Marol Metro Station. But the same door functioned properly at it’s next station – Saki Naka Metro Station.
However, Mumbai Metro spokesperson informed that no such occurrence was reported to their representatives present at the stations.