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City spends sleepless night, traffic, water woes pile up

india Updated: Jul 31, 2012 01:24 IST
HT Correspondent

The northern power grid failure on Monday threw the life out of gear in the Millennium City. The Delhi Metro and railway services and water supply were severely affected since the grid tripped at 2.35am.

There was chaos on roads as traffic signals failed to function. The city plunged into darkness and residents faced a tough time in the morning with no lights, ACs and water supply. Business establishments, malls and hospitals too including many residential areas have been affected from intervening night of Sunday and Monday.

Many office-goers and students reached their places of work and schools late respectively.

Power supply in the city was restored after at around 10.30am while some parts of the state were still reeling under the crisis.

The disruption of Delhi Metro services led to over-crowding of buses as office-goers struggled to reach places of their work. "I had to wait for 30 minutes at the Metro station," said Rachna Sareen, a medical professional.

"The service was slow in the morning. It took more than an hour for me to reach MG Road station," she added.

The grid failure had compounded the power woes of the city residents who have been already reeling under long outages. Residents complained that their invertors stopped functioning. In many condominiums, lifts failed to function because back-up power could not support such facilities.

Ramesh Sharma, resident of Sector of 14, said, "I was compelled to take a day off on Monday after spending a sleepless night. How can a person work the next day after staying awake for the whole night," he said.