July 30, 2012

Major Power Failure grips North India, including Delhi

The power crisis in India seems to be a common issue these days. At least seven states in north India are facing power cut since Sunday night. Even the Metro train services in the national capital were disrupted. The states like Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Jammu and Kashmir were affected following the breakdown in northern grid on Sunday night. Since Delhi is the national capital, the emergency power service is being provided to VVIP areas. There was no power in Delhi and neighbouring states since 2 am. The Power System Operating Co (PSOC) confirmed that there are problems with the Northern Grid and they are trying to restore it. However, they did not cite the exact problem for the grid failure, but the heavy demand for power in last few days and deficient rainfall might be the reasons for the power failure in 7 states. 

Following outrage of people, power has been restored in parts of Delhi, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Lucknow. Thirty to forty per cent power was restored in Jammu and Kashmir. Power supply was being given in rotation in the Kashmir valley. The commuters faced problem on Monday morning after the Metro train service in Delhi was hit. Only 25 per cent of the Metro train services have been resumed. The DMRC was getting hydel power from Bhutan through the grid on a priority basis. The power failure also hit the railway services in northern India. Forty trains were running late. However, the services have resumed and the railway is getting power from three power stations. Water services were also affected across Delhi. The water supply was slow across the city in the morning.

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