Three power grids collapsed today disrupting power supply in 20 states.
Power supply was hit again in Punjab,Haryana and Chandigarh due to collapse of the northern grid,affecting water supply and running of trains.
Although efforts are on to restore normalcy,power officials say it may take at least 3-4 hours to bring power plants back into generation.
We still don’t know what triggered the grid’s failure. It will still take 3-4 hours to restore the situation, said K D Chaudhary,CMD of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited.
He said power supply has been restored in a few areas and efforts are on to revive electricity in other parts of the state also.
As many as seven northern states had witnessed an almost 15-hour long power crisis after the northern grid collapsed around 2.30 am yesterday.
Meanwhile,Haryana Power Secretary Ajit Mohan Sharan said power supply has been disrupted in the entire state and efforts are on to restore supply.
The grid failure has hit almost over 8000 MW of power supply in Punjab and 6500 MW in Haryana.
Power utilities had yesterday claimed that supply would be fully restored by night following failure of the grid around 2.30 am,but there were several areas in both the states which continued to remain without power.
Both Punjab and Haryana had earlier refused to accept the blame of yesterday’s failure of the northern grid due to overdraw of power,as alleged by Delhi government.
The collapse of the eastern grid disrupted normal life in Odisha,which witnessed power failure in most parts today.
Grid Corporation of Odisha(GRIDCO) director (commercial),P K Pradhan said distribution of electricity was disrupted in the entire state except some parts of the western region.
3We are not aware of the reasons behind the grid collapse. But we are trying to restore power supply on a war footing. Our men are on the job, he said.
Efforts are on to restore power supply in phases,he said,adding some arrangements have been made to provide electricity in some areas of the capital city immediately,Pradhan said.
The state secretariat,buildings housing important government offices and in nearby areas power supply was restored within an hour,said a senior official.
Train services in the state were hit barring western areas like Sambalpur,Rourkela,Jharsuguda,Bargarh and Bolangir,where there was no disruption in power supply,official sources said.
Priority is being given to restoring supply to important hospitals,airport,railways and other vital installations,they added.
Power supply in Assam was affected today after the regional grid tripped due to heavy load following the collapse of Northern and Eastern grids.
All of a sudden,there was heavy load and power frequency came down from the normal 49.9 per cent to 38.34 per cent leading to the collapse of the grid, Assam State Load Despatch Centre (ASLDC) Executive Engineer Ashok Saikia said.
The collapse led to large-scale power cuts throughout the state but the situation is likely to improve with additional power inputs from Samaguri,Kathalguri and Namrup Thermal Power Plants which has so far been unaffected by the grid failure,he said.
We have already restored power in some areas of Guwahati and in the state by offloading power in certain areas, Saikia added.
We hope to resolve the problem soon,the official said.
The failure of North-Eastern grid has affected power units of Damodar Valley Corporation in Jharkhand with several parts of the state going without electricity.
Several units ceased to work following the failure of North-Eastern Grid section,DVC Chief Engineer (Chandrapura power unit) R Basuri said.
Mizia Thermal Power,Durgapur Thermal Power,Bokaro Thermal Power and Maithon Hydel Power in Jharkhand and neighbouring West Bengal are under the DVC,he said.
The collapse of the eastern grid disrupted normal life in Bihar,which witnessed power failure and delay in train services today.
Bihar State Electricity Board (BSEB) sources said distribution of electricity was disrupted in the state from 1.02 pm.
All the functional units of NTPC at Kahalgaon stopped generation from 1 pm because of technical problems in the grids,official sources said.
BSEB Chairman P K Rai and other senior officials were conducting meetings to ensure early restoration of electricity. :We are in constant touch with Eastern Region Load Despatch centre, they said.
Patna went totally without power and work was paralysed at the secretariat for several hours due to the grid failure. Officials worked using lamps and emergency set ups.
Several trains,including New Delhi-Patna Magadh Express,Rajgir-New Delhi Shramajeevi Express and passenger trains were stranded at various places.
East Central Railway (ECR) Chief Public Relations Officer Amitabh Prabhakar said more than 30 trains,including 18 mail and express and over 48 goods trains were stranded at various places since 1 pm.
We are making alternative arrangements by mobilising diesel engines so that trains reach places where passengers can buy food items, Prabhakar said.
ECR officials are in constant touch with BSEB for restoration of power,he added.
Meanwhile,Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi lashed out at the Centre for the power crisis.
It (grid failure) reflects inefficiency of the Centre as the Northern grid failed first, he said.
It is the government at the Centre which is paralysed and is not in a situation to take decision, he said,adding all states were affected because of the failure of the grids.