Updated June 11th, 2024 at 18:04 IST

How A Grid Failure In UP Has Left Large Part Of Capital Delhi Without Power

A fire at the Mandola power grid in UP, which supplies 1,500 MW of electricity to the capital, caused massive power outages in several parts of Delhi.

Reported by: Digital Desk
Edited by: Surabhi Shaurya
How A Grid Faliure In UP Has Left Large Part Of Capital Delhi Without Power | Image:PTI
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Delhi Power Outage: Already grappling with an unprecedented heatwave and a severe water crisis, Delhiites faced a new challenge this afternoon. A fire at the Mandola power grid in Uttar Pradesh, which supplies 1,500 MW of electricity to the national capital, caused massive power outages in several parts of Delhi, leaving residents to endure a harrowing time on Tuesday. Taking to X (formerly Twitter), Delhi Power minister Atishi said a fire at the sub-station of Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (PGCIL) in Mandola in Uttar Pradesh had led to a power outage in many parts of the national capital. 

Atishi said she is seeking an appointment with the Union Power Minister and the Chairman of PGCIL, to ensure such a situation is not repeated. “There is a power outage in many parts of Delhi from 2:11 pm. This is due to a fire at a substation of Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (PGCIL) in Mandola, UP. Delhi receives 1200 MW of power from the Mandola sub-station, and therefore many parts of Delhi have been affected. The power restoration process has begun and electricity is now gradually returning to different areas. ”I am seeking time with the Central Power Minister and the Chairman of PGCIL, to ensure that such a situation is not repeated," she said in the post.

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AAP Plays Politics

Targeting the Centre, over the power failure, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader said, "It is worrying that the national-level power infrastructure has come to a standstill today. The failure of the national grid in the country's capital is quite worrying. There was no power cut even when Delhi's peak power demand reached 8,000 MW. This power cut happened due to the failure of the national infrastructure."

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The power outage has intensified the ongoing conflict between the AAP and Delhi's Centre-appointed Lieutenant Governor, VK Saxena, particularly over the city's severe water crisis. Recently, Saxena met with AAP ministers to address the issue, urging them to avoid blaming Haryana, which AAP alleges is withholding Delhi's share of water.

List of Areas Facing Power Outage

The power outage brought life to a standstill across multiple areas in East, Central, South, and North Delhi. Neighbourhoods such as ITO, Laxmi Nagar, Lajpat Nagar, Jamia, Narela, Model Town, Rohini, Gopalpur, Sabzi Mandi, Wazirpur, and Kashmiri Gate were plunged into sudden darkness, leaving residents to endure the stifling heat.

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Published June 11th, 2024 at 18:04 IST