Come January and India will have the largest integrated electricity grid in the world as the southern region will be integrated with the remaining grids in the country.
The national grid is currently inter-connected with the northern, western and eastern regions. The southern grid is yet to be connected.
Spearheading the efforts, power minister Jyotiraditya Scindia told HT in an interview that the integration will ensure greater efficiency and transfer of power from surplus regions of the country to the deficit ones.
Scindia is also ensuring that proper checks and balances are put in place to avoid re-occurrence of a major grid collapse, similar to the one witnessed last summer.
To prevent a repeat of the grid collapse — that deprived 600 million people of power for several hours — the ministry is expected to announce measures including amendments to the Electricity Act 2003, thereby giving special powers to agencies that control and regulate grid discipline. The existing flaws where regional load dispatch controllers (RLDCs) do not have power to disconnect load to the erring states will be done away with.
Moreover, legal provisions to empower RLDCs will be also announced shortly by Scindia.