For second day in a row,rail passengers bore the brunt of the failure in Northern Grid that triggered power cuts in the region. The problems were compounded with snags reported from Eastern and North Eastern grids as well.
More than 40 trains were delayed or cancelled,adding to Mondays backlog of six trains that were rescheduled for Tuesday.
A total of 41 trains going to Punjab,Uttar Pradesh,Bihar and West Bengal were affected during the grid failure,which lasted for around three hours. At 1 pm,all trains came to a halt wherever they were. Around 10 trains were stranded at different railway stations in Delhi. The detention period was from 1 pm to 3.40 pm,after which services on most routes were restored. The trains are running late by one to two hours, said Neeraj Sharma,Chief Public Relations Officer,Northern Railway.
Hundreds of passengers were stranded in New Delhi and Old Delhi stations,Sharma said.
Six trains from of Mondays backlog,which were rescheduled for departure today,will be rescheduled again. No additional enquiry counters were set up,but we have deputed senior officials at the three major stations to monitor the rescheduling and refunding processes, Sharma said.
Due to the generator back-up at the stations,the CCTV cameras,DFMDs and bag scanning machines were functioning. No diesel train was affected.