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Smog knocks out power in North India, trains affected

March 07, 2008 12:44 IST

Large parts of northern India, including the national capital, remained without electricity for over ten hours today as heavy smog tripped transmission lines, affecting railway services in the region.

Senior Power Grid Corporation officials attributed the breakdown to fog combined with pollution in Delhi, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh.

Deposit of pollution particles on transmission lines was attributed as the reason for tripping, which officials described as a common phenomenon during winter -- which has been unusually long this year.

"Normalcy was restored at around 1030 hours," S K Soonee, Executive Director (System Operation) of Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd, said.

"Fog combined with pollution gets deposited on insulators and causes a flash over. This has been happening for quite some time. However, the situation is getting aggravated now. We are trying to find a permanent solution to the problem," he said.

Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana were the most hit due to the failure in the lines.

Train movement was badly affected in the region due to the power failure, with the worst affected sections being Ferozabad-Dadri and Tughlakabad-Palwal lines, where electricity supply was disrupted since 0345 hours and 0615 hours respectively.

The power failure, however, was first reported at midnight, officials said.




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