Hari Om, I am migrating my blog from www.samirsinh-dattopadhye.blogspot.com to www.aniruddhafriend-samirsinh.com. The old blog will be available for a week for old references and thereafter it will be redirected to new blog

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Power Grid Failure & Its Social Implications

By now everyone of us must have come to know about the collapse of eastern, northeastern and northern electricity grids that knocked out power in 20 of 29 states and affected some 620 million Indians (around half of India’s population and 9% of the world’s population) causing havoc at train stations, airports, hospitals and on roads. For instance, Delhi Metro had to evacuate passengers from trains that stopped mid-journey. The Delhi Disaster Management Authority swung into action and helped in this evacuation. Millions in rural areas were unable to draw water from wells powered by electric pumps. In the coal mines of eastern India, as a result of this blackout, around 200 miners were trapped underground but were said to have been subsequently rescued.