Delhi Metro once again comes to standstill, partially resumes hours later

Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Commuters exiting Akshardham Metro station after train services came to halt due to power outage on Tuesday.  
New Delhi: Delhi Metro once again came to a standstill on Tuesday afternoon after another collapse of Northern Grid. 

The Metro operations were disrupted around 1 PM local time. Incidentally, a Correspondent was inside Akshardham station around that time.

According to him, soon after the train operations hit ‘technical snag’, the public address system installed at the station started off, asking commuters to exit the station premises. Entry gates of all stations were also closed.

Notably, the Delhi Metro has an average daily ridership of 1.8 million commuters, and, as of July 2011, had carried over 1.25 billion commuters since its inception.

This is the second consecutive power grid failure in last 2 days, the previous one occurred on 30 July 2012, beginning at 2:35 am local time. A line feeding the Agra-Bareilly station tripped, leading to a cascade of failures across eight states: Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Delhi, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and the Union Territory of Chandigarh. Officials and media have described the outage as the worst failure in a decade.

Update:  As of 4PM (IST), Metro services have been partially resumed.
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