New Delhi: Updates: New Union Power Minister Veerappa Moily has said that the power situation is grim and solutions for reforms in the sector needs to be found seriously.
- Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has put the blame of the grid failure on the states that have been over drawing power. He said, "We had warned several states about overdrawing of power. So we had to face second grid failure in less than 24 hours."
He also warned the states against overdrawing electricity above their limits, saying, "If states overdraw from their regular quota, they will be penalised."
States affected: J&K, HP, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Delhi, Bihar, UP, Rajasthan, WB, Jharkhand, Odisha, Assam, Sikkim.
Talking about the power restoration, Shinde said that while 44 per cent had been restored in north, in east it was 35 per cent. The situation is best in North East with 100 per cent power restoration.
In the national capital, Shinde said, that essential services were now back on track.
- All trapped miners evacuated from Asansol mines.
- As many as 200 coal miners working at the ECL mines of Sodepur and Kunustoria in Asansol are stuck as the electricity operated pulley shafts are not working because of the grid failure.
- Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd chairman R K Nayak has said that the problem is difficult to be located as it is a complex network.
He further said that some sections are creating problems due to over drawing of power, but the glitch would plugged by night. He said that 20 per cent power supply has been restored so far. According to Nayak 20 states have been affected - nine in North, four in East and seven in the North-East.
Nayak, however, said he could not give any assurance without analysing all the details.
- Narendra Modi tweets: Pradhan Mantri ji, 60 crore people and 19 states are in darkness. Country wants to know is there any coalition dharma you are following here too?
- Mamata blames Centre for Grid failure but says will work with Centre to get past the crisis.
- Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee announces a holiday in the state to enable people to reach their homes safely in the wake of Eastern Grid failure.
- Power restored in the NDMC area and the Delhi Metro; Power restored to hospitals as well; Power restored through Delhi's own production; A little bit of normalisation can be seen in northern grid as well.
- Power restored in some parts of Odisha by getting power from the Southern Grid and the state hydro power.
- Partial services restored on all Delhi Metro lines with a frequency of ten minutes, to begin with, from 1450 hrs: Delhi Metro
- Delhi traffic signals not working. Delhi Traffic Police trying to regulate manually, maximum deployment on major points.
- Traffic heavy on Ring Road, ITO, Bagga Link, Outer Circle Connaught Place.
- The core issue is nothing but indiscipline: Anil Razdan, ex-power secretary
- Train movement on Delhi-Mathura rail route has begun.
- Partial metro services restored in all metro lines.
- Delhi Metro says power partially restored, train services to resume soon: Sources
- Power supply has been completely restored: Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Hospital
- East India 20 per cent power restored, North East 50 per cent power restored; Mizoram, Manipur, Tripura completely back to normalcy: Sources
- Delhi-Howrah rail route partially restored: CPRO Railways
- Power partially restored in East and North East: sources
- 3000MW overdrawn from the eastern grid, demand strict punishment for overdrawing: Sushil Kumar Shinde
- Wrong to allege that UP is overdrawing power, says UP Power Corporation CMD AP Mishra.
- Bhakra Nangal plant has been started and we are drawing hydel power for the time being for Punjab: Sushil Kumar Shinde
- Western Grid not impacted: Western Grid General Manger
- North Eastern Grid also affected, say officials.
- Kolkata Metro running normal, as supply comes from CAC power supply: Pratyush, DGM of Kolkata Metro.
- We will try to restore services of Delhi Metro and the Railways first: Sushil Kumar Shinde
- South Eastern Railways: Four divisions including Kharargpur, Chakradharpur, Ranchi and Agra are affected. Since South Eastern Railways is completely electrified and not dependent on diesel power, the situation is really bad in this region.
- Eighty passenger trains of South Eastern Railways stranded.
- Fourteen trains in Agra Division stranded.
- States affected: Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Delhi, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Odisha, Assam and Sikkim.
- Hydel power giving power to Punjab: Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde
- Trying to make alternate arrangements: Shinde
- Almost 500 trains of the Indian Railways stuck.
- Six zones including Northern Railways, Eastern Railways, North Central Railways affected: Anil Saxena, CPRO Railways
- Train services halted in Asansol, Sealdah, Howrah divisions in West Bengal after failure of Eastern grid at 1:00 PM: Railways.
- Delhi Police advisory to avoid Connaught Place area.
- Central Electricity Regulatory Commission issued an order on July 30 to curb overdrawing by Northern Grid member states.
- All heads of State Power Transmission Companies of Northern Grid summoned on August 14.
- The states who have been held responsible for maximum over-drawing are Uttar Pradesh (average daily over-drawing by 26 million units), Haryana (average daily over-drawing by 13 million units), Punjab (average daily over-drawing by 5.2 million units).
- Chaos on roads in Delhi with the metro rails and the traffic lights not working.
- Additional Secretary, Power, has reached the Power Monitoring Centre.
- LNJP Hospital in Delhi says they are not facing any powercut at the moment. Other hospitals like AIIMS and Safdarjung say they have enough power back up for the time being.
- Power grid statement says all essential services will be restored in next two hours.
- Narora Atomic Power Station in Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh is the only power plant that is working.
- Air services unaffected, flights on time from Delhi.
- DMRC officials have also asked government if hydel project in Bhutan can be used again today to run essential services.
- WB Power Secretary says no power likely till late night.
- Bokaro steel plant will have to be shut down if the power crisis continues.
- CPRO Northern Railways says alternative arrangements like diesel power are being considered.
- CPRO Northern Railways says about 100 trains are affected. Worst affected sections include the Ambala-Palwal and the Ghaziabad-Mugalsarai sections.
- 100 Megawatt of emergency power is being given to VVIP areas.
- Hospitals across the north and east in darkness. All government hospitals have switched to in-house power back-up. ICUs can be operated comfortably for few hours at least.
- Work on to provide more emergency power
- Actual location of the fault is still not known
- DMRC is refunding the passengers and evacuating them
For the second time in two days, half of India plunged into darkness after the Northern and the Eastern Grids collapsed, affecting all seven states in the north and the states of Sikkim, Assam, West Bengal, Bihar, Orissa and Jharkhand in the North East and East.