The error in transmission of power plunged the entire national capital region into darkness,with Gurgaon and Noida also reporting water problems due to the outage on Monday.
Several areas of Gurgaon reported power cuts stretching up to 14 hours,while small-scale industry owners in Noida claimed to be the worst hit by the crisis.
Haryana Power minister Captain Ajay Singh Yadav told Newsline,The Northern Grid was shut down due to some technical snag,which has affected power supply in various states,including Haryana. Efforts are on to restore normalcy.
Haryana power utilities said by late evening,supply had been restored in 50 per cent of the state and 80 per cent area would have electricity by midnight.
A spokesperson for Haryana Power utilities said no negative indication was found in the Haryana grid,according to analysis of Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam and flash report of Northern Regional Load Despatch Centre.
He said the Northern Grid failed at 2.35 am and,at the time,the frequency of disturbance was 49.75 Hz. He said power supply to the Railways was restored at 8.10 am,and the essential feeders started to restore at 8 am.
ASSOCHAM said the supply failure totally disturbed normal life and has severely impacted economic activities.
ASSOCHAM Secretary General D S Rawat said the grid failure has brought the system to a collapse.
In Noida,residents reported power cuts stretching up to 10 hours.
Sanjeev Kumar,who runs a small steel parts manufacturing company in Noidas Special Economic Zone said: Our operations go on through the night. But since there was no power,there was no production for several hours resulting in a loss of revenue.
Other industries similarly incurred losses because of the expenditure involved in operating their diesal generators. There was no electricity for 10 hours. While we installed the generators for small outages,running it for this long has meant extra expenditure, Suhas Yadav,another steel businessman,said.
With water already an issue in Noida,residents faced problems on that front as well. Normally water comes for 15 minutes in the morning. But no water came today as even the Jal Board didnt have electricity to supply water. When we complained,they told us that it was a Northern Grid failure,and there was nothing they could do from their end, said Surbhi Sharma,a resident of Sector-25 in Noida.