Greedy states send power grid crashing

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Jul 31, 2012 02:47 IST
  • Passengers wait for power to get restored at a railway station in New Delhi. A major power outage struck northern India, plunging cities into darkness ...

  • Empty railway tracks are seen following a power failure at New Delhi railway station, in New Delhi. The electricity grid across northern India failed leaving ...

  • Stranded passengers wait for trains at the New Delhi railway station in New Delhi. A major power outage has struck northern India, plunging cities into ...

  • Hundreds of Metro station platform wait for the train, after services in Delhi was hit due to power failure in New Delhi. HT photo/Sunil Saxena

  • Passengers sit in a train as they wait for power to get restore, at a railway station, in New Delhi. A major power outage struck ...

  • Heavy traffic at Nizamuddin bridge on NH 24 in New Delhi as Delhi Metro services were disrupted because of the major failure in the Northern ...

  • A stranded passenger brushes his teeth at the door of a stationary train compartment following the power outage that struck north India. AP Photo/Altaf Qadri

  • A passenger sits as others sleep inside the compartment of a stationary train following the power outage that struck north India. AP photo/Altaf Qadri

  • Stranded passengers wait for power to get restored at New Delhi railway station in New Delhi. AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh

  • High voltage electricity towers are pictured on the outskirts of New Delhi. A massive power cut blacked out a vast swathe of northern India affecting ...

Eight states in north India witnessed the decade's worst ever power crisis for more than 15 hours on Monday as the northern grid collapsed at 2.33am. Even the Capital stayed unplugged for 10 hours.

Apart from the National Capital Region, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan and Jammu and Kashmir suffered blackouts that lasted till late Monday afternoon.

Union power minister Sushilkumar Shinde, who announced that a three-member committee would probe the grid failure and submit a report in a fortnight, said some states had been "greedy and overdrew power".


Major power failure in north India hit Delhi Metro services. (HT/Sunil Saxena)

In the Capital, even when the humid night ended, Delhites' woes had just begun - dry taps, wrinkled school uniforms, lifeless cellphones and unresponsive ATMs, to name a few.

In Delhi schools, attendance was low, while in offices people turned up late for work. For, the Metro was also hit. It started an hour late but even when it resumed at 9am, the service remained irregular.


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The Delhi government later identified UP, Haryana and Punjab as the three states that caused the collapse by overdrawing power from the grid.

Experts, however, said unless "strict action" was taken against overdrawing power, grid collapses would happen again in future.



Shinde said, "We had started imposing penalties on the states that were overdrawing from the grid last year. We will have to take strict action so that the states maintain grid discipline."

Also, around 130 Northern Railway trains got affected.



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"Some trains run by electricity, including a couple of Shatabdis. They remained stranded," said Niraj Sharma, CPRO, Northern Railways.

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