Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Prime Minister should order enquiry into the grid failure continuously for two days

Grid failure is the result of blackmail of States by Central Government in President’s elections – Vijender Gupta 

Due to grid failure continuously for two days 50% of India remained in dark. BJP has termed it as the greatest infrastructure failure of Manmohan Government and has said that this failure has exposed the so called development of India in the world. BJP Delhi Pradesh President Shri Vijender Gupta has demanded the Prime Minister that he should immediately dismiss Energy Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and order high level technical and CBI enquiry in this case. 

BJP Delhi Pradesh President Shri Vijender Gupta told that the way in which Congress Government blackmailed the State Governments other than BJP and the way in which it entered into understanding with them to secure votes and announced special packages to the States, they have now understood that the Central Government is very weak and they can have their way. Due to this many State Governments are drawing more power from the grid and as a result the power grid is failing. 

In the night of 29/30 July, 2012 the Northern Grid failed at 2.33 a.m. and there was blackout in 9 States. Power supply could be restored by the evening of next day. On the 31st July again 3 grids failed and 50% of India was in dark. Due to failures on these two days, the Government sustained loss of 3000 crore rupees. The industrialists and traders also sustained loss of thousands of crores. 

About 700 trains were affected by the grid failure today. Trains were stranded and Metro Rail service was also stopped. All the 780 traffic signals of the capital stopped working. Due to this there was jam for 2 to 3 hours. Two million people travel by Metro per day. When these commuters reached stations they came to know that the Metro services have stopped. The private operators took the advantage and recovered 2 to 3 times higher fare from the passengers. 

Serious patients in the hospitals could not be operated upon. Even drinking water was not supplied to them. There was scarcity of drinking water in entire Delhi. When Bhutan’s Tala plant supplied power to Delhi then the Metro services could be restored. 40% people could not reach their work place and those persons who reached their work place were late. The power plants of Delhi were also affected by this failure. The water treatment plants stopped working because there was no power supply. 

Shri Gupta told that the Government has started mispropaganda about self-sufficiency in power in this Five Year Plan. The reality is that by the year 2017 the country will need 76000 m.w. powers in addition. For this purpose investment of 400 billion dollars will be needed. Due to bad economic condition and administrative failure the foreign investors have stopped investing in India. Now they are investing in Singapore & Malaysia. Hence it is very difficult to start power projects in India.

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