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Power Grid Problems in India Worsen

Blackout stops Indian Capital Metro Service

July 31, 2012- A huge breakdown of the power grid system has hit the country of India for a second consecutive day. Over 50% of the country was left without power on Tuesday. The grids in the northern and eastern regions of the country had collapsed said government officials. On Monday, the power failure in northern India created travel disruption and chaos. Officials either did not know or would not say what caused the disruptions of power on Monday.

The power minister on Tuesday said that some states might have taken too much power from the grid system. Sushil Kumar Shinde, the minister, said power would be quickly restored to the entire country. Following the cut in power on Monday, electrical engineers managed to get power grids up and running in the north by early evening, but just after 1:00 pm on Tuesday the grid collapsed again. The grid in the eastern part of the country went down as well around the same time. Between the two grids, over half of the 1.2 billion people in India are served their power.

The breakdown in power has hit a huge area of the country including Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Delhi states to the north, and Jkharhand, Orissa, Bihar and West Bengal in the eastern region of the country.

One official said a fault caused the eastern grid to collapse and several hours could pass before power might be restored. Officials at the railroad system said over 350 trains were stranded. Essentials services and hospitals were trying to cope by using backup generators.

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