Bengaluru Metro halts for 15 mins to save dog but in vain

The BMRCL stopped the Metro train service in its tracks for al­most 15 minutes at Dasarahalli station to save a stray dog on Tuesday evening.

Published: 30th November 2016 02:24 AM  |   Last Updated: 30th November 2016 07:01 AM   |  A+A-


CCTV footage of the stray dog that was stuck in the tracks at Dasarahalli Metro

Express News Service

BENGALURU: The BMRCL stopped the Metro train service in its tracks for al­most 15 minutes at Dasarahalli station to save a stray dog on Tuesday evening. Sadly, even af­ter a successful rescue operation by NGO Karuna, the hungry and dehydrated dog died on his way to the shelter house at Hebbal, due to Bengaluru’s infamous traf­fic jams.

The meticulous rescue mission took place at 6.45pm after a Sa­maritan passenger spotted the dog. Soon after the passenger alerted the station controller, the control room was informed about the situation. Necessary permis­sions to stop the services in order to facilitate a rescue operation was taken.

A rescue team from Karuna NGO was quickly called in for help. Subsequently, power was disrupted and the train was stopped as volunteers launched a rescue mission. As curious pas­sengers looked on, the dog was rescued and bundled into a vehi­cle for the shelter home.

The stray dog was probably wandering around in search of food and shelter. Unfortunately, he found himself stuck between the third rail and running rail on the green line (north-south cor­ridor). Being hungry for hours, he was resting.

Vasanth Rao, spokesperson for BMRCL, told Express, “It is ex­tremely sad that the dog died on his way to the shelter house. I am told that he was dehydrated and hungry. He must have got stuck in there a day before and we may have sighted it very late. Not a single passenger complained. Everybody prayed for the dog to be saved.” He added that the vehi­cle carrying the dog was stuck in traffic and it died before reaching the shelter.

Once the tracks were cleared, the power was switched on and services resumed as usual. In a similar incident in January 2015, BMRCL officials had halted serv­ices for 8 minutes at Mantri Square station to rescue a kite. Three years ago, more than 10 snakes were rescued from near Bengaluru Santhe, at Swami Vivekananda Metro Station. The snakes had taken shelter in a va­cant 10-acre plot behind the Santhe.

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