Hundreds of millions without power in India..3rd grid fails..Pakistan fails & Cayman Islands failed last month
Hundreds of millions of people have been left without electricity in northern and eastern India after a massive power breakdown.
More than half the country was hit by the power cuts after three grids collapsed – one for a second day.
Hundreds of trains have come to a standstill and hospitals are running on backup generators.
The country’s power minister has blamed the crisis on states drawing too much power from the national grid.
The breakdowns in the northern, eastern, and north-eastern grids mean around 600m people have been affected in 20 of India’s states.
Even as India suffered a huge electricity blackout on Tuesday, with about 700 million people deprived of light, fans (in 30C heat) and trains, it was good to see that Indians had not lost their readiness to crack a joke. Here is one that has been doing the rounds this week: Q. What do you call a power failure in Delhi? A. Manmohan Singh.
As one-liners go, that is rather unfair, yet utterly right. Unjust because the Indian prime minister’s main fault in this affair is to be in charge when things went so badly wrong. Sometimes unworldly, often indecisive, Mr Singh remains one of Delhi’s good guys: a progressive and an intellectual in a political system that all too often rewards the opposite qualities. Where the joke hits its mark, however, is in pinning the blame for this latest fiasco on India’s political classes. This is true in both the narrowest sense and in a much broader one. For proof of the former, look no further than this: rather than apologise for two days during which 20 of India’s 28 provincial states suffered blackouts, the country’s power minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde, blamed the states themselves for “overdraw” of electricity. Instead of sorting out this mess, the unimpressive Mr Shinde was promoted on Tuesday afternoon to home minister. Whatever the unadmirable qualities of contemporary British politics, imagine any cabinet minister failing to apologise for presiding over such a first-class foul-up, then being awarded a promotion. Such, sadly, is the typical high-handedness of India’s political classes, who too often lack any sense of obligation to their voters.
That lack of connection can be seen in the broader politics of this week’s debacle. There cannot have been an intelligent MP in the Lok Sabha (India’s House of Commons) who did not see this power crunch coming. Indeed, the power grid that serves Delhi and the northern part of the country collapsed in 2001. As the country has enjoyed record growth over the past decade, the demands for power have grown – and so too the imperative to plan for energy needs. Little of this has happened. As the novelist Amit Chaudhuri remarked in these pages, India is an increasingly rich country that fails to invest in its sources of wealth: roads, health, schools, power. The result is a nation that has prospered (in parts and very unequally) despite the state, not because of it. Middle-class Indians have sent their children to English-medium private schools, who have gone on to jobs at multinationals who lay on private healthcare, private transport – and private schooling.
This is not some paean to privatisation; it is simply a reflection of how a governing class has let down the people it is meant to serve. Power may return to India this week; political power in Delhi is overdue for radical reform.
“We are trying to restore (power to normalcy) all over the country by midnight,” Nayak said.
Pushing more than half of the country’s population into power crisis, three major transmission grids – Northern, Eastern and North Eastern — collapsed by 1300 hrs.
At present, the Northern Grid is getting power from Gwalior and Agra substations as well as from three hydel projects — Tehri and Vishnu Prayag in Uttarakhand and Nathpa Jhakri plant in Himachal Pradesh, he said.
According to Nayak, about 9,000 to 10,000 MW have been restored so far across all the three regions, where is demand is around 55,000 MW.
When asked about the possible reasons for the grids’ failures, Nayak said, “Some sections might have caused tripping but it is difficult to give you anything at this time. We are trying to fix the problem”.
A power outage in Grand Cayman, which started at 6:30 this morning and lasted until late afternoon, crippled the entire island Wednesday.
Businesses across Grand Cayman were forced to draw operations to a halt due to the loss of electricity, with many telling their employees to stay home.
Hospitals used backup generators to continue offering services, while police had to be dispatched to direct motorists on the street due to the blackout.
Caribbean Utilities Company, the only electricity provider on the island, said the outage was caused by a fault in one of its substations which affected the entire system.
Coupled with hot and humid summer weather, the prolonged blackout has forced outraged citizens to take to the streets to protest the tough living conditions.
The protests turned violent as some of the angry protesters reportedly attacked offices of the power supply department in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, damaging official and private properties.
Offices of Pepco, the Pakistan Electric Power Company, were also attacked in Islamabad, Abbottabad, Charsadda, Okara, Multan, Mandi Bahauddin, Sialkot, and Sheikhupura and many of them were reportedly set ablaze.
No loss of life was reported, but the roads were blocked till late night.
Reports indicate that in some areas people face 12 to 14 hours of rolling blackouts, while the rural residents suffer up to 18 hours of power outage.
On Friday, a powerful storm hit some of the country’s power plants, including one of Chashma Nuclear Power Plants and three other plants in Muzaffargarh, causing them to go fully or partly offline.
when you have close to 1/6th of the worlds population with no power you need to question it..is it the sun?
some of the other countries have reasons for their failures..as for the indian grids i am not so sure..