Second India Blackout in Two Days Cuts Power to 670 Million

Tuesday, July 31, 2012


Traffic at Delhi-Gurgaon Road in New Delhi is Crippled by Lack of Traffic Lights

Roughly half of India’s 1.2 billion population or 670 million were without electricity in the second day of massive outages.

Power grids supplying electricity to India collapsed again on Tuesday, trapping coal miners, stranding train travelers and plunging hospitals into darkness in the second major blackout in as many days.

Stretching from Assam, near China to the Himalayas and the northwestern deserts of Rajasthan, the outage was the worst to hit India in more than a decade. The hapless Indian government failed to supply enough power capacity to meet soaring demand.

More than a dozen Indian states were in the dark.

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4 Responses to Second India Blackout in Two Days Cuts Power to 670 Million

  1. Joe in Colorado says:

    India’s freeway traffic is far worse than Los Angeles or London. Scary.

  2. Vivzz says:

    The earth is too crowded. Imagine what things will be like in a hundred years? 15 billion people? 20 billion people? And everyone will have a car. No, this is unsustainable.

  3. Brigadoon says:

    How can a hospital go dark? Don’t they have emergency power generators?

  4. Rachel says:

    This is untenable and heads should roll in New Delhi.

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