Services of the Delhi Metro rail on the Yamuna Bank-Dwarka line were affected on Tuesday following theft of a signalling cable on the Yamuna bridge.

According to a Delhi Metro Rail Corporation official, a 108-metre-long signalling cable was stolen from the Yamuna bridge between midnight and 3 a.m. on Tuesday. The theft came to light at 6 a.m. when the train service between Yamuna Bank and Dwarka was to begin.

“After the theft of the signalling cable from the line between Yamuna Bank and Indraprastha metro stations came to light, services had to be run on a single line. This disruption between Indraprastha station and Yamuna Bank lasted till about 12:18 p.m. Since the signal at the other terminal was not available, the same train had to shuttle between both the stations, leading to reduction in frequency of trains,” said a spokesperson.

The frequency of trains between the Indraprastha and Yamuna Bank stations was initially 20 minutes, which was subsequently brought down to 10 minutes. “Services between Indraprastha and Dwarka Sector 9 remained largely unaffected. Passengers travelling between the affected stations were more inconvenienced,” the official said.

A daily commuter Madhu Kaushik said: “While I was travelling towards Rajiv Chowk around 1-45 p.m., the train suddenly came to a halt soon after leaving the Yamuna Bank station. No information was forthcoming. The train started again after a few minutes.”

A theft report has been filed at the Tilak Mag police station and the DMRC will also investigate the incident.

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