New Delhi, July 31: Well for a country like India power cut is not an issue at all, but when it happens for whole north India affecting 12 states and over 600 million population, it is matter of serious concern question the efficacy of the government.
After the Sunday night and Monday morning blackout, whole north India once again suffered a heavy blow as grids serving the region broke down. The power cut covered whole north India, from state of Assam in east to Rajasthan in west.
As was in the case of earlier blackout, Power Minister Sushilkumar Shinde told reporter in same breath, "We'll have to wait for an hour or hour and a half, but till then we're trying to restore metro, railway and other essential services."
Most effected were the travelers of Indian Railways between mega-cities of Kolakata and New Delhi, who were stuck mid-way without any information about the blackout. One passenger in Delhi bound train said, "It is really strange, how could it happen in interval of just few days. It is total mismanagement."
For Asia's third largest economy, power shortage is a big issue. During 11th Five Year Plan (2007-12) the capacity addition is around 55,000 MW, way below the revised target of 62,000 MW from the earlier target of 78,500 MW.
For the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17) India has set an ambitious 100,000 MW capacity addition target, however looking at the fuel situation it has to revise it downward to 76,000 MW.
Latest blackout is indication of the dismal infrastructural situation of the country, which is on mission to make it a superpower in next decade or so. But one can easily say with this kind of power cut that this superpower status will not come without power.
Power minister blamed the system collapse on some states drawing more than their share of electricity from the overstretched grid.
As the Power minister is speculated to moving to Home Ministry, he will have to definitely learn some lesson that this kind of lackluster approach will push the country into serious problem.