Power Grid officials cannot pinpoint the reason why the Northern Grid collapsed on Monday morning, but they gave themselves a pat on the back for carrying out swift restoration work that ensured power supply was back on without a prolonged delay.
“Restoration work started immediately on a war footing…a team of engineers tried to find out the way for restoring the normal supply of power immediately so that at least priority areas like Railways, Metro, Airports and other essential load could get immediate power supply. With the coordinated efforts of the whole team of engineers and constituent state utilities, power supply to the essential services like Railways, Metro, Airport and other essential load in Northern India was restored by about 8 a.m. and about 60 per cent of load of Northern Region was restored by 11 a.m.,” said a spokesperson for Power Grid.
Cranking up supply from hydro sources and diverting from the eastern and western regions was helpful in meeting the demand, the spokesperson said.
“By 12-30 p.m. power supply was extended to most of the cities and towns through Power Grid sub-stations. The Northern Grid was brought back to normalcy to meet the required demand of about 30,000 MW at 7 p.m.,” the spokesperson said.