New Delhi, July 30, 2012 — Union Power minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has assembled a three-member panel, which will look into the failure of the India's northern grid. The failure led to power outages throughout northern India.
About 60 percent of power including essential supply has been restored and full supply will be restored soon.
The electricity supply to the northern states of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Jammu and Kashmir were disrupted for a couple of hours beginning 2.30 a.m. local time.
The minister said the panel will be headed by Central Electricity Authority chairperson A. S. Bakshi. It will submit its report in 15 days. The other members of panel are Power Grid Corp. chairman and managing director A. M. Nayak and Power System Operation Corp. CEO S. K. Soonee.
An additional 8,000 MW hydropower, including from Bhutan, is being taken to meet demand. The northern region is getting power from the Eastern and Western grids also. He said it is the first power grid failure during the last ten years. Measures are being taken to prevent these type of faults. These include interconnectivity of different power grid zones in the country by 2014.
The Northern Grid, which caters to about 28 per cent of the country's population, covers nine regions — Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Chandigarh.