Delhi blames UP,Punjab and Haryana for collapse

Delhi government,on Monday,accused Uttar Pradesh,Haryana and Punjab of overdrawing power from the Northern Grid which led to its collapse,triggering severe power cuts in the capital,and asked the Union Power Minister to direct the states to follow discipline while drawing power.

Written by Press Trust Of India | New Delhi | Published: July 31, 2012 3:08:50 am

Delhi government,on Monday,accused Uttar Pradesh,Haryana and Punjab of overdrawing power from the Northern Grid which led to its collapse,triggering severe power cuts in the capital,and asked the Union Power Minister to direct the states to follow discipline while drawing power.

Delhi Power Minister Harun Yusuf,quoting official figures,said Uttar Pradesh was overdrawing 900 MW of power more than the allotted quantity from the grid at 2 AM while overdrawal by Haryana and Punjab was 580 MW and 500 MW respectively.

Yusuf said these states had drawn around 2,500-to 3,000 MW of power in the last two to three days from the Northern Grid. The situation returned to near-normalcy by evening,he said.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Yusuf met Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and requested him to direct the states to maintain discipline while drawing power from the Northern Grid.

The Grid,which caters to power supply in nine states and Union Territories —Punjab,Haryana,Rajasthan,Delhi,Uttar Pradesh,Uttarakhand,Himachal Pradesh,J&K and Chandigarh — collapsed at 2.35 am on Monday.

Almost entire Delhi went without power for about eight hours following collapse of the Grid severely affecting various services including Metro operation,train services and production of water at six major water treatment plants in the city. “The Grid collapsed due to overdrawal of power by Uttar Pradesh,Haryana and Punjab. To ensure safety of the grid,Delhi has been drawing less power than the allotted quantity.

HP gets power after 10 hours

SHIMLA: The power-surplus state of Himachal Pradesh plunged into darkness on Monday after the sudden collapse of the Northern power grid. The Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board (HPSEB) diverted power from Larji hydel project as well as the state’s share of power from BBMB. “By 9 am,supply was restored in Una. Next,power was restored in Shimla and other towns,” said Additional Chief Secretary (Power) Deepak Sanan.

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