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More than 700 Million Left without Power after Latest Blackouts in India

By Joao Peixe | Tue, 31 July 2012 22:09 | 2

India has suffered yet more blackouts, this time leaving more than 700 million people without power, and raising serious doubts about the country’s failing infrastructure and the government’s ability to meet the increasing energy demand as they pursue ambitions to become an Asian superpower.

20 of India’s 28 states were left without electricity, including the capital New Delhi, when three out of the nation’s five grids went down.

Hundreds of trains ground to a halt, leaving passengers stranded along tracks from Kashmir to Nagaland.

Traffic lights went out causing gridlock in New Delhi, Kolkata, and several other major cities.

Nurses in Delhi were left to operate life-saving equipment by hand when the back-up generators also failed.

In West Bengal, hundreds of miners were trapped underground for hours when lifts stopped working.

The northern grid failed first, quickly followed by the eastern and north-eastern grids, leaving an estimated 710 million in the dark.

Sushil Kumar Shinde, the Indian power minister, blamed the failures on the states individual electricity operators being too greedy and drawing more than their allotted share from the grids. “Everyone overdraws from the grid. Just this morning I held a meeting with power officials from the states and I gave directions that states that overdraw should be punished. We have given instructions that their power supply could be cut.”

Public morale is low at the moment following several consecutive blackouts, anymore could lead to protests or even riots.

By. Joao Peixe of Oilprice.com

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  • JJK on August 01 2012 said:
    In response to: Ujala

    That government along with every other government on the planet. Mankind has tried every form of governance under the sun including worshiping the sun and not a single one has effectively worked to solve mans problems. History has proved that even though humans may indeed have good intentions, they are in fact limited in what they can ACTUALLY accomplish.

    "I well know, O Jehovah, that to earthling man his way does not belong. It does not belong to man who is walking even to direct his step." Jeremiah 10:23
  • Ujala on August 01 2012 said:
    The situation in India has deteriorated a lot from the day present government took front seat. This government is corrupt and waste. Instead of making things better, they have spoiled every thing which was working fine earlier.

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