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Published 19:18 IST, June 11th 2024

Delhi Power Outage: What We Know So Far | 10 Points

The outage in Delhi, reportedly originated from a power grid in Uttar Pradesh's Mandola, responsible for supplying 1,500 megawatts of electricity to Delhi.

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New Delhi: A widespread power outage struck parts of Delhi on Tuesday afternoon, casting swathes of the national capital into darkness as temperatures soared to a scorching 42 degrees Celsius. The outage, reportedly originated from a power grid in Uttar Pradesh's Mandola, responsible for supplying 1,500 megawatts of electricity to Delhi.

What We Know So Far | 10 Point

1. Major Power Outage in Delhi: At 2:11 PM, Delhi experienced a significant power outage stemming from a fire at the Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (PGCIL) sub-station in Mandola, Uttar Pradesh. This disruption affected residential and commercial areas, as well as emergency services.

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2. Areas Affected: North, Central, and South Delhi bore the brunt of the outage, causing inconvenience and financial losses to residents and businesses alike.

3. Cause of Outage:  The fire at the Mandola sub-station, responsible for supplying 1200 MW of power to Delhi, is the primary cause of the blackout, raising concerns about infrastructure safety and maintenance.

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4. Minister's Statement: Delhi Power Minister Atishi assured citizens that restoration efforts are underway, emphasizing the urgency of addressing the root cause to prevent future incidents.

5. Seeking Central Intervention: Atishi seeks a meeting with the Central Power Minister and PGCIL Chairman to address grid vulnerabilities, highlighting the need for better coordination between state and central agencies.

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6. Water Treatment Plants Affected: The outage disrupted operations at key water treatment plants, posing a potential drinking water crisis for the city.

7. Alternative Power Sources: Efforts are ongoing to source electricity from alternative providers to mitigate the outage's impact on essential services.

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8. Limited Power Production: Delhi's reliance on external power transmission underscores the need for developing local power generation capabilities to reduce vulnerability to grid failures.

9. Concerns Over Infrastructure: AAP minister Atishi plans to raise infrastructure reliability concerns with the Central Government to strengthen the grid and prevent future failures.

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10. Public Reassurance:  Authorities are working to restore essential services promptly. 

19:18 IST, June 11th 2024