Rajasthan CM Gehlot to Meet Veerapa Moily on Powergrid issue

Rajasthan Chief Minister(CM) Ashok Gehlot to Meet Power Minister Veerapa Moily along with seven other  northern states to discuss on the issues they face in electricity transmission and distribution. Moily had last week called a meeting of Chief Ministers of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, J&K, Rajasthan and Delhi after the country witnessed one of the worst-ever power crises on last Tuesday that hit lives of over 60 crore people. "Some of the states have confirmed their participation while some are yet to confirm," a Power Ministry official said. Northern, Eastern and North-Eastern grids had collapsed on Tuesday afternoon hitting power supply to 21 states.
The states affected included Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Sikkim, Meghalaya, Manipur and Assam, besides Union Territory of Chandigarh. The reason for grid failure is, however, yet to be ascertained. These three grids collapsed within 24 hours of the Northern Grid getting restored following a failure on Monday. Meanwhile, within days of assuming charge, Power Min Veerappa Moily has restructured the expert panel appointed by his predecessor Sushilkumar Shinde to look into the massive failure of power transmission grids. The members of the panel headed by Central Electricity Authority (CEA) chairman A S Bakshi has been expanded to seven people, including outside experts, sources said. The panel, which originally had three members, was set up by Shinde in the wake of Northern Grid failure on 30th July that impacted over 30 crore people. Now, four more members including Professor S C Srivastava from IIT Kanpur, Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission member A Velayutham and CEA member K K Agrawal are part of the panel, sources said. The two others members of the originally-constituted committee -- Power Grid Corp chairman and managing director R N Nayak and Power System Operation Corp Chief Executive Officer S K Soonee -- would continue to be part of the panel. Bakshi would continue to be chairman of the committee, that is expected to submit its report in a fortnight.