On this Sunday, a new coach built by BEML Ltd. for Delhi Metro’s Red & Blue lines caught fire after it got in contact with a live electrical wire in southern Bangalore’s Konappana Agrahara Village. The coach was being transported on top of a trailer, like it typically is, and the driver of the logistics company was able to escape with no injuries.
Valued at Rs 8.8 crores, the coach is part of a 96-coach contract (package RS-13) which the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation signed in May 2015 for Rs. 846.25 crores with deliveries commencing in January 2017. This contract along with a 162-coach contract (package RS-11) with Bombardier for Rs. 1497.98 crores were signed in 2015 with an aim to augment capacity on the network’s Red (Line-1), Yellow (Line-2) and Blue (Line-3/4) lines.
The coach was oddly being transported via a longer circuitous route through NH-44 (old NH-7) and was about to turn towards the NICE Peripheral Road when the incident occurred on the highway’s northbound lanes. The local Electronics City police is investigating the incident, and at this point, no further details are available on whether parts of it can still be salvaged or not.
Some images via TMRG follower Sathvik Ashok:
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