Scores of others followed suit. They deboarded the train at the R K Ashram Marg Station, choosing to go with some other mode of transport.
The travails of the passengers were not limited to the inside of the train. One was faced with an extended line at the token counter -- a fallout of returning passengers who had gone out and returned to the station after a slight breather.
Ill-managed planning added to the pains of the passengers when the train which were supposed to go till Indraprastha stranded passengers at Barakhamba Station, asking everyone to disembark.
"It took me three hours to reach here from Shadipur Station, which normally takes not more than half an hour," Alisha, a psychologist at Apollo Hospital, said.
Another man who was due to send 'prasad' to his home-state expressed his dismay when he was forced to deboard at the Barakhamba Station.
"This had happened last week too. I need to send the prasad (holy offering) to my hometown Guntur in Andhra Pradesh, how will I able to do that in time as my deliverer is due to leave soon," Gopikrishna, a devotee at Ayyappa temple in RK Puram, said.
Sunil Sehgal, who owns a shop in Sadar Bazaar, said that he had to let go of five metro trains at RK Ashram before he boarded one, only to deboard that two stations later.
The DMRC had issued an advisory on Friday that metro services will be affected slightly owing to track maintenance work between Indraprastha and Yamuna Bank Stations, between 12 to 3 p.m.