Lucknow Metro breaks down on first run; Twitterati respond with unforgiving humour

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: September 6, 2017 2:20 pm

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On Wednesday morning, 100-odd passengers of the first commercial Lucknow Metro ride were probably all set to take selfies and post them happily on various social media sites. In all that excitement, what they most definitely didn’t expect was that they would have the opportunity to exit the metro amid much drama and through a gate that few – thankfully – get to pass through. Right at the front — from the driver’s cabin!

The Metro came to a sudden halt during its first commercial run due to a technical snag that resulted in the passengers being stuck inside the train without light or air-conditioning for over an hour. They were later made to exit through the emergency door. The incident happened a day after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath jointly flagged off the commercial run of the Lucknow Metro, and the current CM engaged in a Twitter spat of sorts, trying to take credit for the “successful” completion of the first phase of the Metro rail project.

Following the update on the technical snag, news agency ANI tweeted out a couple of photos of the passengers being evacuated, along with the tweet: “Lucknow Metro Rail service temporarily stopped near Alambagh station due to technical glitches, on its first public run.”


This tweet let out a deluge of reactions from tweeple, who didn’t waste time taking digs at the government as well as the state of affairs in the country. Here are some of the witty reactions:



When you invoke Kabir to convey your sentiments.


Who takes the credit now?


A press release on the incident from the Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation stated: “Around 7.15 am, the metro train that was on its way from Charbagh to Transport Nagar developed a technical snag. The Emergency Brakes (EB) were applied in the train when the train was travelling between Durgapuri and Mawaiya Metro stations.”

The release went on to add that all the 101 passengers were evacuated from the emergency exit door of the train and taken to Durgapuri Metro station and then to the Transport Nagar Metro station from where they exited.


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