Services on Delhi Metro Blue Line (Dwarka-Noida Electronic City/Vaishali) were partially hit due to a technical snag on Thursday (Independence Day). The services remained affected for around two hours after excessive kite threads (manjha)led to overhead electrification (OHE) tripping. Delhi Metro service between Subhash Nagar and Rajouri Garden stations were delayed.

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) in its statement had said the service was affected from Subhash Nagar to Rajouri Garden stations between 2 p.m. and 3.15 p.m.

"The cause of overhead electrification (OHE) tripping was due to excessive kite threads getting entangled at multiple locations in this section, that had to be physically removed by maintenance team by patrolling the affected section," it said.

"We appeal to the general public not to fly kites near OHE lines of Delhi Metro as it may endanger their own safety besides disrupting Metro services,"the statement further added.

Commuters expressed their angers on social media sites.

Delhi Metro usually witnesses high footfalls on Raksha Bandhan. The Blue Line, Delhi Metro busiest line, connects Janakpuri West in Delhi and Electronic City in Noida. It also connects Dwarka and Vaishali in Ghaziabad.

Flying of kites picks up on the occasion of Independence Day in Delhi.

Last week, power distribution companies in the national capital had issued an advisory for kite-flying related precautions to prevent electrocution and trippings due to use of metal-coated thread (manjha).

"The metal coated manjha used to fly kite can lead to trippings and even electrocutions. Tripping of a single 33/66 KV line can disrupt power supply to over 10,000 consumers and takes about two hours to repair the fault," PTI had quoted a BSES discoms spokesperson as saying.

-With inputs from Agencies