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India blackout affects over one half billion people

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

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A massive grid failure in India‘s capital city, Delhi, and other northern and eastern states left more than 600 million people without electricity. The power outage began Monday at 2:48 IST (21:18 Sunday GMT), affecting fourteen states, followed by another power outage yesterday that began at 13:02 IST (7:32 GMT), affecting at least nineteen or twenty states.

States affected include Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Odisha, Jharkhand, Sikkim, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, and Arunachal Pradesh.

Hospitals and transport systems are a priority, so the authorities are trying to restore the services there.

Home Minister, until yesterday Power Minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde suggested some states had attempted to draw more power than permitted due to higher consumption. Spokesperson for Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) and the Northern Regional Load Despatch Centre (NRLDC) stated that Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, and Haryana were the states responsible for the overdraw. PGCIL’s chairman also stated that electrical service was restored “at a record time”. “We’ll find out the reason and see that such kind of things are avoided in the future,” Ram Nayak, the head of state-run PGCIL, said.

A senior director for an Indian power company described the outage as “a fairly large breakdown that exposed major technical faults in India’s grid system…Something went terribly wrong which caused the backup safety systems to fail.”



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North India blackout affects over one half billion people

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Power transmission towers
Image: Argha.hazra.

A massive grid failure in India‘s capital city, Delhi, and other northern and eastern states left more than 600 million people without electricity, enrolling itself in the list of ‘World’s Biggest Blackout’. The power outage began Monday at 2:48 IST (21:18 Sunday GMT), affecting fourteen states, followed by another power outage yesterday that began at 13:02 IST (7:32 GMT), affecting at least nineteen or twenty states.

States affected include Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Odisha, Jharkhand, Sikkim, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, and Arunachal Pradesh.

Blackouts are a common thing in much of India, including major cities. Even in the nation’s capital of New Delhi, rolling blackouts are common, especially during the hot summer season when demand far outstrips supply. Rural areas are most severely affected; it is common for 44% of rural households having access to electricity to lose power for more than 12 hours each day.

Hospitals and transport systems are a priority, so the authorities are trying to restore the services there.

Home Minister, until yesterday Power Minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde suggested some states had attempted to draw more power than permitted due to higher consumption. Spokesperson for Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) and the Northern Regional Load Despatch Centre (NRLDC) stated that Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, and Haryana were the states responsible for the overdraw. PGCIL’s chairman also stated that electrical service was restored “at a record time”.

“We’ll find out the reason and see that such kind of things are avoided in the future,” Ram Nayak, the head of state-run Power Grid Corporation, said.

A senior director for an Indian power company described the outage as “a fairly large breakdown that exposed major technical faults in India’s grid system. Something went terribly wrong which caused the backup safety systems to fail.”



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This text comes from Wikinews. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 licence. For a complete list of contributors for this article, visit the corresponding history entry on Wikinews.

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