Services of about 300 trains, including premier ones like Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto, were severely affected due to the collapse of the Northern Grid in the early hours today, causing inconvenience to passengers.

Rajdhani trains coming from Bhubaneswar, Howrah, Sealdah, Mumbai and Ranchi were delayed by more than four hours, said a senior Northern Railway official.

The power failure has affected the train movement in seven divisions — Delhi, Ambala, Agra, Jhansi, Allahabad, Moradabad and Kota.

It has affected the running of about 300 trains and as a result, the departure schedule of several trains has gone haywire, said the official.

The departure timings of Bhubaneswar Duronto, Sealdah Duronto and Kanpur Shatabdi, among others have been rescheduled due to the late running of these trains.

Besides, several long-distance trains including Lal Qila Express, Lichchavi Express, Purushottam Express, Farakka Express, Samprak Kranti Express, Bhramputra Mail and Prayag Raj Express were running late by four to 11 hours.

(This article was published on July 30, 2012)
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