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Delhi 'powerless' as Northern grid collapses

The main casualty of the power failure was the water distribution system as well as Metro services but operations at the airport remained largely unaffected

 

New Delhi: Almost entire Delhi went without power for about eight hours on Monday due to the collapse of the Northern Grid, putting people to misery on a humid day when water distribution and Metro services were largely affected, reports PTI.

 

Top Delhi Power Department officials said the technical failure near Agra resulted in the collapse of the Northern Grid, which supplies electricity to Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Rajashtan, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.

 

The main casualty of the power failure was the water distribution system as well as Metro services but operations at the airport remained largely unaffected as diesel generating back-up system was put to use.

 

Metro train services on all six corridors were affected since morning and the Metro was able to run trains only from 7am, an hour later than the usual time of 6am.

 

When the services began at 7am, only 25% of trains were put on all six corridors affecting commuters. The services were fully restored finally by 9am.

 

As there was no power, all the water treatment plants in the city could not treat water, affecting the entire distribution system in the city.

 

Officials said various power generation plants running on hydel, coal and gas had to shut operations due to the failure and power supply could be fully restored in the afternoon.

 

"Delhi government or power distribution companies have no role to play in this crisis. It was a major technical fault in the Grid. We expect the situation to be normalised in the next four-five hours (by afternoon)," they said.

 

Delhi government officials said Power Minister Harun Yusuf is constantly monitoring the situation and officials are in touch with the Union Power Ministry and Power Grid Corporation, which maintains the Northern Grid.

 

Officials in the power discom companies said the areas under their jurisdiction had to suffer power cuts as supply was snapped.

 

As majority of the Metro trains were taken off services due to power failure, the frequency of trains dropped to an all-time low of 20 minutes on a few corridors in the first few hours in the morning.

 

Sources said that though the failure in the Northern Grid is expected to be rectified only in the evening, Delhi Metro was getting hydel power from Bhutan on priority basis along with power from AIIMS and Prime Minister's House to run the services.

 

As services were not available in the morning, people were forced to take over-crowded buses and auto rickshaws.

 

Passengers alleged that there were no proper announcements about the power failure at Metro stations.

 

Delhi Metro carries around 18 lakh passengers a day.

 

"It was a horrible night. It was a bit humid and without fans, it was difficult. The morning also proved disastrous as we could not get water as motors could not be operated," said Manjari Mishra, an office-goer.

 

The minimum temperature was recorded at 28 degree Celsius while the humidity was at 81%.

 

A Delhi airport official said as soon as there was a disruption in power supply, all essential services like flight arrival and departure, check-in, baggage handling, aerobridge services were shifted to the back-up system.

 

However, there were reports of air conditioning not functioning in Terminal 1D and some portions of Terminal 3.

 

Also, there was no power in some retail outlets at the airport. "Overall ninety-five percent of our services remained unaffected", a spokesperson said.

 

"All flight operations at IGIA are normal with no cancellations and delays. The power supply was restored to DG Systems instantaneously and has been running smoothly," the spokesperson said.

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Northern Grid fails, power supply in many states affected

Official sources said while the exact reasons for the grid failure are being ascertained, over drawl of power by states could have led to the problem

New Delhi: Power supply in Northern states in India was severely affected on Monday with failure of Northern Grid at about 2100 GMT.

The states affected are Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, UP, Himachal and Rajasthan."Yes there are problems with Northern Grid, we are trying to restore it", said SK Soonee, CEO of Power System Operating Co (PSOC)

PSOC manages the Northern Power Grid. Official sources said while the exact reasons for the grid failure are being ascertained, over drawl of power by states could have led to the problem.

The restoration of the grid may take a few more hours even as the engineers are trying to restore it since early morning.

Power supply in some pockets is being restored and the first priority is for public services like hospitals and transport.

"We are hoping to restore the grid in the next one or two hours. We are giving essential loads for services like Railways, Metro and Hospitals," Chairman and Managing Director of Power Grid Corporation AM Nayak said.

India's largest power producer NTPC is working on restoring the electricity supply.

"We are trying our best to restore electricity supply from most of our generating stations by afternoon," an NTPC official said.

 

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Tamil Nadu Express: 30 passengers charred to death in fire

Fire broke in a coach of the Chennai-bound Tamil Nadu Express near Nellore in AP in the wee hours on Monday due to a short circuit killing 30 passengers  

 
Nellore: At least 30 passengers were charred to death and 25 others injured when a fire broke in a coach of the Chennai-bound Tamil Nadu Express near Nellore in the wee hours on Monday due to a short circuit, reports PTI.

Twenty-six passengers were rescued from the coach S 11 which was completely gutted, Nellore Collector Sridhar said.

As the train was passing through Nellore in the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, which is about 150 kms from Chennai, some people noticed the fire and informed railway authorities.

Two of the injured were in a serious condition, he said.

"The death toll in the affected coach will be around 30-35," he said.

The coach had around 70 seats.

"There was a short circuit near the toilet and the train was moving at a speed of 110 kms per hour. It was going to Chennai from Delhi. All the passengers were asleep when the fire broke out at 4:30 AM. People were not able to come out immediately," he said.

"The fire spread fast and the passengers could not come out through one of the doors because of the fire. So the other edge of the coach was to be used. Some people could come out and others succumbed to death," he said.

The bodies have been charred so it is difficult to identify them, Sridhar said.
 

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