Train services across six railway zones have been severely hit following power grid failure in the Northern and Eastern regions.
Over 300 passenger trains and 200 goods trains have been affected following grid failure in the Northern and Eastern regions, according to railway officials. Services of Northern Railway, North Central Railway, West Central, East Central, Eastern and South Eastern Railway services have been hit.
In the railway network around 33 per cent of the total route kilometres and 45 per cent of track kilometres are electrified, which includes most of the busy routes and tracks with double lines.
The primary objective behind going for electric traction in the past was to ensure faster acceleration which is very essential for suburban rail systems.
With the electrification of Raj Kharswan-Dongaposi section of South Eastern Railway in 1960 proving to be highly successful, high density routes for carrying coal and minerals were also electrified.