Power Restored In Most Of India After Massive Electrical Outage


/ August 1, 2012

Image Credit: Bikas Das, AP

The people of India are slowly recuperating after a massive power outage for the last two days.

As UPI reports, the power was restored yesterday night to most of the 600 million Indians who had lost electrical service for several hours, utility officials said.

Power Grid Corp. of India said on its Web site that the lights were largely back on as of 9:30 p.m., including 100 percent of the capital, New Delhi. However, the outage unfortunately continued for about 58 percent of the people in the country’s eastern region.

At its peak the massive outage affected half of India’s 1.2 billion people. Officials said the blackout was one of the world’s widest spread power failures.

An initial power grid failure Monday had affected seven states in northern India, but Tuesday’s failure was larger, affecting 12 states, as reported by FirstPost India. They also claim that the grid breakdown was caused by transmission line failures.

The eastern grid’s failure and the resulting outage in Kolkata led to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee closing government offices and schools.

Trains were held up as well, numbering to at least 300 trains. However, partial service had resumed on all lines of the Delhi metro. Power Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said the last time an entire grid failed in northern India was 10 years ago.

Let’s pray that the people of India get back on track with their power situation. You never know how important it is until it’s gone—remember the NYC Blackout of 2003?