Grid failure in North India: 40% power supply restored

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Old 30-Jul-2012
Grid failure in North India: 40% power supply restored

UNP ImageSix hours after the northern grid failed, plunging most states in North India into darkness, power supply has been restored to at least 40% of normal at 10 am on Monday.

Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said work is being carried out at a war footing to resolve the crisis even as power supply has been restored by 40% and is being supplied to all essential services.

Shinde revealed preliminary investigations suggest that trouble occurred in the grid near Agra, which had a cascading effect on the entire grid, leading to tripping of major thermal power plants and hydroelectric stations across the region.

The northern Grid had tripped at 2:30 am, leading to power outages in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. This is reportedly the worst northern grid failure since January 2001.

The sudden failure had plunged entire North India into darkness with train services in the region and Metro services coming to a standstill.

Although power supply to trains services have been restored, it will be some time before services return to normal as there is huge backlog of trains that are stuck along different routes.

In Delhi, IGI Airport functioned normally through the crisis as the entire system had shifted to the backup generators. Delhi Metro was initially hit but now services have returned to normal. DTC bus services were also hit as CNG stations were shut due to lack of power.

RN Naik, CMD, Power Grid, told Zee News that power is being brought in from the Western and Eastern Grid, even as the essential load is being maintained successfully.

On the cause of the failure, Naik said that detailed analysis – down to microseconds – needs to be carried out before the reason behind the crash is identified.

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