Northern Grid fails, Major power failure in Rajasthan

Northern Power Grid failed early on Monday, affecting electricity supply in Jaipur and various cities of Rajasthan, Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal, Uttar Pradesh, and Jammu and Kashmir even train services in five states including Delhi Metro services in the National Capital have been affected. The crisis was caused by a major failure in the northern grid. Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said that it will take some time before power is restored. The fault is found near Agra. A senior Power Grid Corporation official said that the actual reason for the grid failure is being ascertained. V.V. Sharma, General Manager in the Northern Region Load Dispatch Centre of Power Grid Corporation said that the efforts are being made to restore power supply. He said the problem started around 2.30 a.m. last night.
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 such as 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 A.M. Nayak said.