Amid Coronavirus lockdown, the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi addressed the nation on April 3rd, 2020. He had requested the citizens of India to switch off the lights of their homes on April 5th at 9 pm for nine minutes and come out in their balconies, doors or windows with a flashlight, mobile torch, candle, diya in order to show togetherness and unity against Coronavirus. This appeal was made by PM Modi in good faith and to boost the morale of the people in the fight against Coronavirus. However, there are some notorious people who had been spreading rumours about the possibility of grid failure after a huge chunk of the population would turn on their lights at 9:09 PM on April 5th.
A WhatsApp message has been doing the rounds which claim to be an announcement from the associate director of NPCIL. The message states that Mr MK Mathur, associate director of NPCIL, is appealing to people to keep all fans on for fifteen minutes on April 5 from 8:55 to 9:10 pm to maintain grid stability. An example of the message has been given below.
There will be no problem with the grid and electricity, claims the Ministry of Power. While the message claims that people should leave their fans switched on to maintain grid stability, it must be brought to light that PM in his address had asked people to switch off light only. He did not make any call to switch off fans or other appliances. Moreover, Government authorities have been assuring and reassuring the public that the Indian electric grid is robust and stable and the adequate arrangements and protocols are in place for PM Modi's appeal to switch off lights.
The rumours about possible grid failure have been quashed by the Ministry of Power on their official twitter handle. Minister of Railways of India, Piyush Goyal too, has reassured the people that the Indian electric grid is robust and stable. Check out the tweet below.
It is pertinent to note that the Indian electricity grid is robust & stable.— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) April 4, 2020
Adequate arrangements & protocols are in place for PM @NarendraModi ji's appeal for switching off lights on 5th April at 9:00 PM for 9 minutes. https://t.co/wNgCj7Ej06 pic.twitter.com/supxiU8Izp
Some apprehensions have been expressed that this may cause instability in the grid and fluctuation in voltage which may harm the electrical appliances. These apprehensions are misplaced. #PoweringIndia— Ministry of Power (@MinOfPower) April 4, 2020
Appeal of the Hon’ble PM is to simply switch off the lights in homes from 9 pm to 9.09 pm on the 5th of April. There is no call to switch off either street lights or appliances like Computers, TVs, Fans, Refrigerators and ACs in the homes. #IndiaFightsCorona— Ministry of Power (@MinOfPower) April 4, 2020