New Delhi: A day after Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis flagged off the much-delayed 11.28-kilometre second phase of the Chembur-Wadala-Jacob Circle monorail network, the services of the train were brought to a halt for nearly 30 minutes at 12:30 PM on March 4 due to a technical snag. Also Read - BJP Youth Wing Releases List of COVID-19 Helpline Numbers For Worst-hit States

Following the disruption, around 500 commuters had to be evacuated from the train while the train was sent off to the Wadala depot for repair. Reports suggest that the train was stopped as the thread which was used for garlanding the train, as part of the inaugural process, got entangled somewhere. Travellers had to wait for at least 45 minutes for the next Monorail. Also Read - Maharashtra: Grocery Store, Essential Items Shop Timings Restricted to 4 Hrs a Day, Home Delivery Till 8 PM

Meanwhile, a good number of riders took Mumbai monorail on its Day 1. As per a leading daily, over 27,000 commuters took the train on a public holiday, which the officials thought was “pretty indicative of the possible success of the entire corridor”, TOI reported. Also Read - After Ashutosh Rana, His Wife Renuka Shahane, Their Sons Test COVID-19 Positive, Family Under Isolation

It must be noted that the entire 19.54-kilometre route of the country’s first monorail system, being implemented by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), is now functional.

The 8.26-kilometre first phase, built and operated by a consortium of Larsen & Toubro and Malaysian firm Scomi Engineering, was commissioned in February 2014. Speaking at the event, Fadnavis said the country’s first ever monorail had faced many hurdles and delays in the past but was now finally seeing the light of day.

“The first 8 km route which got commissioned in 2014 was used as a mere joyride because there was no last mile connectivity. But now, with the commissioning of the second phase, it will no longer remain a joyride but passengers can now use it for a hassle-free commute,” he said on March 3.

The CM said the monorail’s annual ridership will now increase from the current 4.5 lakh to 30 lakh.