India was pushed to the ‘dark ages’ in July 2012 when for two successive days the nation suffered its worst ever power failure of all times. Millions suffered as power grids failed, thereby plunging many parts of the country into darkness. The outage affected over 620 million people—half of India’s total population. Almost 300 trains ran behind the schedule due to the outage. Commercial establishments and life at large came to a grinding halt as power cuts affected 20 states and two Union Territories across north, east and north-east of India.
Almost instantly, states began passing the buck and accusing each other of drawing more power from the national grid thereby leading to the huge outage. Thought the states were warned about over drawing of power, they simply did not paid heed to it causing such a major trip. Power sector experts attributed the failure to huge demand-supply mismatch.