New Delhi: The power situation in North India improved partially on Monday morning. Power was restored in parts of Punjab, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh. Power has been restored in Lucknow and other big cities in Uttar Pradesh.
Thirty to forty per cent power was restored in Jammu and Kashmir. Power supply was being given in rotation in the Kashmir valley.
Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said that the fault occurred near Agra.
The Metro service in Delhi was also hit. However, the Metro train services were fully restored around 10:45 am. The DMRC was getting hydel power from Bhutan through the grid on a priority basis. The Prime Minister's Office and AIIMS Hospital also got power supply on priority basis.
Forty Northern Railway trains were also running late, but railway services have resumed across the seven north affected states. The Railway was sourcing power from three power stations.
CPRO for Northern Railways Neeraj Sharma said, "Many trains on the adjoining networks have been held up in different stations. Power supply has been partially restored. Trains have started moving in the Delhi division. Trains which were held up have been moved with diesel engines."
Water services were also affected across Delhi. There are seven water plants, of which five started working between 7:30 to 8:00 am, while two were yet to begin. Water supply is slow and low all across the city.
Seven states in North India faced a long power cut late on Sunday night. Due to a massive breakdown in the northern grid, there was a major power failure which affected seven north Indian states. There was no power in Delhi and neighbouring states since 2 am.
Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Rajasthan were the states affected. Train services were also affected by the power failure in North India.
The BSES said such a power failure happened after 11 years. "Northern grid collapsed due to heavy demand in the last few days. Deficient rainfall and on the other hand sowing season is making farmers depend more on ground water which increased demand in the last few days," BSES officials said.