A day after it directed all malls, restaurants and commercial establishments to shut shop by 7pm to save power, the UP government withdrew its controversial order, saying it was just an advisory.
Business establishments and opposition parties slammed the move, forcing parliamentary affairs minister Mohammad Azam Khan to clarify that the state government had only “suggested” the closure of malls to fix NCR’s power troubles.
Officials said the order was necessitated by a sharp 2,500 MW electricity shortfall in the state. On Monday, many areas in Greater Noida, Noida went without power for more than 7 hours. It was worse in Ghaziabad that saw power cuts for more than 10 hours.
Gurgaon faced outages of 12-14 hours. The Millennium City’s power situation is unlikely to improve before August, the Haryana power minister has said.
It was a bad day for Delhi, too. Many areas in east Delhi faced power cuts lasting up to five hours following a snag. The worst-affected areas included Mayur Vihar, New Ashok Nagar, Patparganj, Laxmi Nagar and Pandav Nagar.