Delhi metro services were disrupted early morning on Monday, July 26, following mild tremors in the area, resulting in long queues formed by commuters, reported ANI.
The disruption took place on the day the Delhi Metro Corporation (DMRC) announced that the metro will begin to operate at 100% seating capacity. Commuters formed long queues outside Badarpur Border metro station, as well as stations such as Anand Vihar, Nirman Vihar and Akshardham.
The hashtag #delhimetro was trending on Twitter after multiple Twitter users shared pictures of the long queues following the DMRC's decision to allow 100% seating capacity, with accompanying tweets pondering the cause of the queues as well as pointing out the lack of social distancing protocols in said queues.
The DMRC stated that the commotion was a result of tremors, saying: "Mild tremors were confirmed around 6.42 am (today). As a standard procedure, trains were run on cautionary speed and stationed at the next platform. The services are now running normally."
ANI reported that commuters were standing in queues for more than an hour and were told the disruptions were due to a "technical glitch in the metro line".
The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) authorized the use of sixteen additional entry gates to metro stations, in addition to the already functioning 260 gates. It also allowed 100% capacity inside the metro, which the DMRC clarified applied to seating capacity. Standing travel inside the metro is still prohibited.