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That's not a power cut, this is a power cut: hundreds of millions hit

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Taking the load off ... a commuter sleeps after the power outage hit train network. Photo: AP

Indian authorities are working to restore electricity after a blackout left hundreds of millions of people in nine Indian states, including the capital New Delhi, without electricity.

The total northern grid "collapsed" on Monday morning," said D.K. Jain, deputy general manager at the Northern Regional Load Despatch Centre (NDLR).

"We are doing our best to stabilise the system," Jain told AFP, adding that an investigation was under way into the cause of the mass outage.

The power cut severely disrupted transport networks, including trains and metro services. Traffic light systems also went down in some major cities, causing traffic jams in the morning rush hour.

A statement from Power System Operation Corporation, which manages the northern grid, said the "entire northern region", which is home to 28 per cent of India's 1.2 billion population, had been affected.

The affected states were Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttaranchal and Uttar Pradesh.

"Our priority is to restore power. Analysis of the cause will be done later. We have taken power from the eastern and western grid," PSOC chief SK Soonee told AFP.

In New Delhi, the city's metro system shut down completely during the night and was operating only 25 per cent of normal services from 7am (11.30am AEST).

"We expect a complete restoration of services in several hours," Delhi Metro spokesman Anuj Dayal said.

AFP

 

http://www.smh.com.au/world/thats-not-a-power-cut-this-is-a-power-cut-hundreds-of-millions-hit-20120730-239ff.html

 

This partially explains why it was such a quiet day today,all those call centres would have been shut down as well :P

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Wow! That must be horrible to be stuck in a train in India with no power. The A/C not working, I'd die! It looks like they can open the windows on their trains, at least.

gee..u american A/C addicts :P

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Is this why I can't get my cable service restored???

 

Also, Bwauder you are the master of mundane news. :P

The art is in finding a good twist, the real dramas everyone sees/hears about anyway.

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Is this why I can't get my cable service restored???

 

Also, Bwauder you are the master of mundane news. :P

 

I don't mind it. It's better than seen stuff about murder, rape, government all the time :P

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"Customer support please hold while we get you with a representative"

...

"FFFUUUUUUU"

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This country is supposedly "competing" with China.

 

All I have to say is lol.

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This country is supposedly "competing" with China.

 

All I have to say is lol.

 

Perhaps in terms of population!

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This country is supposedly "competing" with China.

 

All I have to say is lol.

"This country" is the largest democracy in the world, has the world's third largest economy (after US and China), rivals China in economic growth rates, has a nuclear arsenal and landed a probe on the moon in 2008.

 

I fail to see how they don't compete.

Edited by theking1322

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