A power cut plunged the Indian capital, Delhi, into darkness on Tuesday evening (24 April).?
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Background: A power cut plunged the Indian capital, Delhi, into darkness on Tuesday evening (24 April). The population were left without fans or air conditioners in the sweltering summer heat, and local industries and water suppliers were affected. Only emergency services were restored by the next day.
The failure of all five generators at the Indraprashta power station was suspected to have been the work of saboteurs. Irrigation and Power Minister Dr. K.L. Rao announced in Parliament that a committee had been set up to investigate the power cut.
A pay dispute has caused a great deal of trouble at the power station.
SYNOPSIS: A total power cut plunged the Indian capital, Delhi into total darkness on Wednesday evening. Only emergency services had been restored by the next day.
There has been a bitter dispute over pay at the Indraprashta power station between workers and engineers, seen here demonstrating. It was reported that the five generators at the station had been sabotaged. Irrigation and Power Minister Dr. K.L. Rao announced in Parliament that an investigation committee had been set up.
Most industries in the capital were closed the next day. The city water supply was badly hit, as pumping stations were without power. The main hospital was without electricity for six hours.
Candles replaced bulbs, but the cut-out of fans and air conditioners was less easy to bear. The sweltering summer heat has reached as high as 107 degrees fahrenheit.
India has suffered severe power shortages in other areas this summer. In West Bengal, power cuts have severally affected local industry. Breakdowns in ageing generators are believed to be the reason.