Grid collapse: Delhi blames UP, Punjab, Haryana



New Delhi: Delhi government on Monday accused Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab of overdrawing power from the Northern Grid which led to its collapse triggering severe power cuts in the national capital besides long outages in most parts of North India.

Delhi Power Minister Harun Yusuf, quoting official figures, said Uttar Pradesh was overdrawing 900 MW of power more than the allotted quantity from the grid at 2 AM while overdrawal by Haryana and Punjab was 580 MW and 500 MW respectively.

The Northern Grid, which caters to power supply in nine states and Union Territories -- Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, J & K and Chandigarh -- collapsed at 2.35 AM today.

Almost entire Delhi went without power for about eight hours today following collapse of the grid severely affecting various services including Metro operation, train services and production of water at six major water treatment plants in the city.

PTI