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500 India trains hit by power failure, thousands suffer
Publication Date : 31-07-2012
Worst electricity crisis in north india in a decade
An estimated 150,000 passengers in 300 trains suffered delays as the power grid failure in north India this morning crippled operations across seven divisions of the Northern Railway while 200 goods trains had to be cancelled.
All of north India plunged into the worst power crisis in a decade this morning, throwing normal life out of gear. Scores of long-distance trains were severely hit and services of major trains, including premier ones like Rajdhani, Shatbadi and Duronto, were affected.
Rajdhani trains coming from Bhubaneswar, Howrah, Sealdah, Mumbai and Ranchi were delayed by more than four hours due to the power problem, railway sources said. The power failure affected train movement in Delhi, Ambala, Agra, Jhansi, Allahabad, Moradabad and Kota divisions.
The departure time of the Bhubaneswar Duronto, Sealdah Duronto and Kanpur Shatabdi and others were rescheduled due to delays.
The cancellation of goods trains, in order to accord priority to stalled passenger trains, could result in a revenue loss of over 100 crore rupees.(1 crore = 10 million)
According to the railways, electricity supply to the network has been restored in most places but many trains, including the Rajdhanis, Shatabdis and express trains, were still running hours behind schedule. “Operations are normal but several trains are running late... we are trying to cope with the crisis,” said the spokesman for the railways, Anil Saxena, the additional director general, public relations.
According to railway officials, some of the delayed trains included the Kolkata-Giridih Lal Quila Express, which was late by 11 hours, the Sitamarhi-Anand Vihar Lichchavi Express (seven hours late), the Dibrugarh-Delhi Brahmputra Mail (late by seven hours 45 minutes), the Allahabad-New Delhi Prayag Raj Express (late by five hours), the Chennai-New Delhi Grand Trunk Express (six and a half hours) and the Indore-Jammu Tawi Malwa Express (five and a half hours).
Though the power supply around 2.35am were partially resolved by 6 am, when additional electricity was obtained from the Dadri power plant near Delhi, the situation reached near-normalcy only by 7am, they said. Several long-distance trains including Lal Qila Express, Lichchavi Express, Purushottam Express, Farakka Express, Samprak Kranti Express, Bhramputra Mail and Prayag Raj Express ran late by four hours to 11 hours.
Northern Railway cancelled the services of about 15 local trains and rescheduled departure timings of another 15 express trains from Delhi.
Departure times of Rajdhani express trains to Howrah, Sealdah and Bhubaneswar were delayed by about two-and-half-hours. In order to ensure safety and security of the passengers as trains were halted at odd hours, the Railway Protection Force was also deployed.