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Blackouts sweep India for second day

posted 31 Jul 2012, 03:18 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 31 Jul 2012, 03:19 ]

Grid failure hit India for a second day, cutting power to hundreds of millions of people in the populous northern and eastern states including the capital Delhi and major cities such as Kolkata.


NEW DELHI, INDIA (JULY 31, 2012)  (ANI) - Grid failure hit India for a second day on Tuesday (July 31), cutting power to hundreds of millions of people in the populous northern and eastern states including the capital Delhi and major cities such as Kolkata.

The government said the northern, eastern and northeastern grids were hit, wider than Monday's blackouts.


Delhi's metro system ground to a halt and office buildings ran on backup generators a day after a 12-hour blackout caused commuter chaos in the bustling capital, underscoring overstretched infrastructure that has weighed heavily on India's economy.


"We are waiting since two hours. Metro is not plying. We cannot find means to go to home. No one has informed as to how much time it will take to restore the services. We had to face a lot of problems to reach college when similar situation occurred yesterday," said Ankit Sharma, a college student.


Another local Sanjiv Kumar said that they were left stranded as the buses were overcrowded and the auto rickshaw drivers tried to take advantage by charging exorbitant amount from the passengers.


"We are facing a lot of problems. I had to go to Tis Hazari (place in Delhi). Now, I cannot go. Buses are overcrowded and auto rickshaw drivers are charging exorbitantly and they are asking us to pay 200 rupees ($3.60094)," said Kumar.


The northern grid alone covers more than 300 million people from the mountains of Himachal Pradesh to the Gangetic plains in Uttar Pradesh, which has a larger population than Brazil.


TV stations said the eastern grid was also affected and a Reuters reporter said some areas of Kolkata were without power.


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