Power crisis disrupts rail traffic on Kanpur-Delhi route

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Lucknow, Mar 7 (UNI) Normal railway traffic on the busy Howrah-Delhi route has been disrupted following tripping of the power lines early this morning.

Railway officials here said all the trains including Rajdhanis, Shatabdis and three dozen superfast trains have been stranded at different stations between Kanpur and Delhi.

A UP Power Corporation Limited(UPPCL) official told UNI the transmission lines of the Power Grid Corporation and of the UPPCL tripped in the early hours leading to a major power crisis, mostly in the western parts of UP.

''Dense fog in the region was stated to be the reason for the tripping of the power lines,'' the official said.

The power unit of Harduaganj at Aligarh tripped after the problem which led to major disruption of railway traffic. After the tripping of the Harduaganj unit, the transmission lines of power grid and UPPCL also tripped leading to disruption of power supply to the railways.

''Efforts were on to rectify the fault and normalise the power supply particularly to the railways,'' sources said and hinted that it might take two hours more to normalise the situation.

Meanwhile reports from Allahabad and Kanpur, headquarters of the North-central railway, said the movement of more than 3 dozen passenger trains have been affected due to the power crisis.

Several Rajdhani Express trains along with Kalka Mail, Poorwa Express and others, all bound for Delhi were stranded at different stations.

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