Major disruption in train services after bird gets entangled in overhead electricity cable in Bengaluru

More than 20 trains failed to leave KSR Railway Station on time while trains coming from other destinations to Bengaluru were delayed by several hours

March 09, 2022 12:31 pm | Updated 12:56 pm IST - Bengaluru

South Western Railway attributed the disruption in power supply to a bird getting entangled in an overhead electricity cable around 5.10 a.m. in Bengaluru on March 9, 2022. File photo.

South Western Railway attributed the disruption in power supply to a bird getting entangled in an overhead electricity cable around 5.10 a.m. in Bengaluru on March 9, 2022. File photo. | Photo Credit: M.A. SRIRAM

Hundreds of train passengers were stranded at Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna Railway Station and other stations across Bengaluru as more than 20 trains could not depart on schedule early March 9 morning owing to a disruption in electricity supply. Many trains scheduled to arrive in Bengaluru from other destinations were also held up and took hours to reach Yeshwantpur, KSR Bengaluru, Cantonment and other stations. 

South Western Railway (SWR) officials attributed the disruption in power supply to a bird that got entangled in an overhead electricity cable around 5.10 a.m. This resulted in the grounding of an electric switch.

A bird got entangled in an overhead electricity cable resulting in grounding of an electric switch, which caused disruption in railway services at KSR Railway Station in Bengaluru on March 9, 2022.

A bird got entangled in an overhead electricity cable resulting in grounding of an electric switch, which caused disruption in railway services at KSR Railway Station in Bengaluru on March 9, 2022. | Photo Credit: The Hindu

“Electricity supply failed on the KSR Bengaluru-Yelahanka line resulting in detention of around 20 trains, including those operated on long distance routes,” said Aneesh Hegde, Chief PRO of SWR.

Among the trains detained were Bengaluru–Chennai Shatabdi Express (train number 12028) and Lalbagh Express (12608). 

‘Train running four hours late’

Office-goers who use train services on the Bengaluru-Mysuru and Bengaluru-Whitefield lines were inconvenienced. Many passengers vented their ire on social media demanding a proper response from SWR. 

“Mysuru super-fast express 12785 is railgadi or bailgadi? It was more than three hours late and still stopped at Yelahanka station. Why are you wasting people’s time?” said one commuter on Twitter. 

Another commuter, Srikanth Tumma, said that his train from Kacheguda to Mysuru was running four hours late and was held up at Yelahanka. 

In a Twitter post, Sunil Patra said that the train he was travelling in halted for one hour at each station after entering Bengaluru. Ravi S., who travelled from Karwar to Bengaluru, said that the train stopped for more than one hour outside Bengaluru.

“What is the use of paying for a premium ticket in Rajdhani Express if it gets delayed for more than two hours.” asked another passenger on Twitter. 

Mr. Hegde said that SWR managed to restore the power supply by 8 a.m. “On some of the routes, we operated diesel locos. Train services on Bengaluru-Mysuru and Bengaluru-Jolarpettai routes were restored by 9 a.m., but not on the Bengaluru-Dharmavaram line,” he added. 

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