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Why crib? 'People should be happy power was back in hours'

Last updated on: August 1, 2012 14:02 IST

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Amid sharp criticism over his elevation as home minister on a day the nation faced its worst electricity blackout, the outgoing Power Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Wednesday said that people should appreciate that the electricity supply was restored within hours.

"We got electricity in a matter of hours. People should appreciate how work is done at the grid," Shinde told media persons at his residence in New Delhi.

Electricity grids tripped for the second time in two days on Wednesday, causing blackouts in 19 states and two Union Territories including the national capital Delhi.

Even before the power was fully restored, the government announced that Shinde has been appointed as Home Minister in place of P Chidambaram who returned to Finance Ministry after three-and-half years.

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Image: People stand inside the driving registration and license authority office during a power-cut in Chandigarh
Photographs: Ajay Verma/Reuters

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Shinde said he has submitted the report on the power crisis to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).

"I have briefed PMO... in the USA light (electricity) does not come for four days, here we got it (restored) in a matter of hours," he said.

Power supplies were fully restored in 15 after the wee-hour tripping of grid on Monday, and it took almost 20 hours to get back electricity in all the areas that saw power failure on Tuesday.

After the second tripping of the grid on Tuesday, it was officials of Power Grid Corporation of India, the state-owned firm which operates most of the electricity transmission lines in the country, who were tasked with the job of explaining the reasons for the failure.

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Image: A passenger looks through the window of a train as he waits for electricity to be restored at a railway station in New Delhi
Photographs: Adnan Abidi/Reuters

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Earlier this week, Shinde had said that in 2003 there was blackout in some states of US, which got fixed in about four days, while back home the engineers at Power Grid Corp were able to restore power in hours.

North India faced a massive electricity failure early Monday morning leaving one-fourth of the country's population powerless.

Even bigger crisis happened on Tuesday following the collapse of three grids -- Northern, Eastern and North Eastern.

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Image: Muslim girls study in the light of candles inside a madrasa or religious school during power-cut in Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi
Photographs: Parivartan Sharma/Reuters

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