A delivery drone, carrying a box filled with vials of blood, fell on the tracks of the Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line on Sunday afternoon. Services on the line were closed down as there was concern regarding a security breach. Police, meanwhile, said the drone belongs to a private pharma company based in Noida and accidentally fell.
On Sunday afternoon, a delivery drone carrying a box containing vials of blood crashed on the rails of the Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line, sparking panic and delaying operations for about an hour.
According to authorities, the services on the line were shut off due to concerns about a security compromise. The line links Janakpuri to the Botanical Garden station in Noida and is one of the longest in the DMRC network. The drone hit the portion between the Jasola Vihar/Shaheen Bagh and Botanical Garden stations.
At roughly 2.45 p.m., a drone crashed on the railway near the Jasola Vihar/Shaheen Bagh station. “Services are not accessible between Jasola Vihar Shaheen Bagh and Botanical Garden owing to security concerns,” the DMRC said in a midday tweet.
Delhi Metro Tracks
Services were restored about 3.45 p.m., after which police were summoned to investigate the drone. “We were notified that an unidentified device, which appeared to be a drone, was present on the rails. We stopped the service and called the police, as per policy. “They studied the drone and approved the stretch after some time,” a source claimed.
Meanwhile, police claimed the drone belonged to a private pharma business located in Noida and had fallen on the rails by mistake. “It was carrying a carton of blood vials. There was nothing else. The pharmaceutical business has all of the necessary paperwork and licences for the drones. “They occasionally utilise drones to deliver medicines or transport samples,” revealed a senior police official. In, no case has been filed.
The Indian Council for Medical Research published a guidance sheet on the use of drones in healthcare in June. It was based on studies in Manipur and Nagaland in which drones were used to distribute Covid-19 vaccinations, vaccines used in regular immunisation programmes, prenatal care drugs, multivitamins, syringes, and gloves.
The Magenta Line Delhi Metro line runs from Noida’s Botanical Garden to Janakpuri West in west Delhi. This operating line has 25 metro stations, 10 of which are elevated and the rest are subterranean. This stretch is 38 kilometres long in total.
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