From the very first electric shocks delivered by catfish and electric rays to this day, electrical engineering has progressed significantly. Today we are harnessing electricity to run a wide range of appliances, it has become an integral part of our daily existence, so much so that a phone running out of battery makes us frantically search for a power source.Now, imagine being left without a working electric fan and lights for over 15hrs… it definitely is a scary thought.
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Blackest days. (30th and 31st July, 2012)
#India is one of the biggest producers and consumers of electricity in the world, yet approximately about 300 million people in India have no access to electricity. And it wasn’t very long ago that we faced two severe power blackouts, affecting most of the northern and eastern parts of the nation, the largest power outage in Indian history.
On 30th July at around 02:35 IST circuit breakers on the 400 kV Bina-Gwalior line tripped and disaster ensued. Everything came to a standstill; railways, airports became non-functional for many hours, roads were jammed as traffic signals stopped working, businesses faced severe setbacks and the list goes on. Around 25% of the population was without power and it was only after 15 hours that 80% of the service was restored.
And it happened again
Subsequently on the 31st of July at around 13:02 IST another power mishap occurred due to relay problem around Taj Mahal, and this time 22 of the 28 states were without electricity, nearly half of India’s population was hurled into darkness.
The precise reason for the failure wasn’t determined, except that the electricity usage was above normal due to extreme heat. Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab were mainly responsible for the disaster; Delayed monsoon had forced these states to use more power from the grid, for running water pumps for irrigation. Moreover, hydro-power plants were ineffective and produced less power than usual.
This incident left people staggered for a long time. One can only hope that the government is taking necessary precautions to ensure that such a dreadful occurrence never repeats. And we can contribute towards saving energy by using energy-efficient products one such product is the Atomberg fan that consumes less power & reduces the electricity bill significantly.