600 million without power in India

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NEW DELHI — India’s blackout spread to cover more than half the country on Tuesday, as the electrical grid collapsed in 14 states in the country’s north and east, depriving at least 600 million people of power, many for a second day.

More than 500 trains came to a halt, and thousands of passengers were briefly trapped inside the capital’s Metro line. There was gridlock on many streets of the capital as traffic lights stopped working. Bank ATMs also failed.

But airports and major industries were unaffected, switching to backup generators in a country used to power outages.

Power Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said the government had not yet not been able to detect the reason for the grid breakdown.

“Alternative arrangements like hydel power have been made,” he told television reporters. “We still have to wait for some time.”

Earlier on Tuesday, a senior power official in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, Avinash Awasthi, was transferred for failing to prevent Monday’s blackout. But officials said the main problem was that some northern states like Punjab and Haryana were regularly withdrawing too much power from the northern grid.

“We are absolutely clueless why this has happened again today,” Shakti Sinha, principal secretary in the power department of the Delhi government, said in a telephone interview. “Yesterday we knew it was overdrawing of power, today it looks like a technical fault,” he said. “The system failed somewhere.”

Sinha said New Delhi and other states covered by the affected grids received power from the western grid Tuesday and managed to supply emergency power to hospitals and the Metro line in the capital city sooner than they did on Monday — “in less than an hour.”

In an editorial, the Hindustan Times, blamed populist politics for the mess. “India’s basic energy shortage is compounded by the policy of selling electricity to consumers at politically correct prices,” it wrote. “The government-owned distribution monopolies in the states have all but lost their ability to buy power because their political bosses force them to sell it cheap, sometimes free, to voters.”

People vented their frustrations on Twitter and Facebook.

“What we really need in the North is a power greed failure!” tweeted Meera Damji. “Why doesn’t this Government give out hurricane lamps since they can barely ensure electricity!!!!” wrote Suhel Seth.

Indian industry leaders blamed the incident on a large and growing gap between electricity demand and supply, something that the government has failed to tackle despite repeated pledges to do so. Some senior government officials say reform of the power sector is the greatest challenge facing Asia’s third-largest economy in the next few years.

“One of the major reasons for the collapse of the power grid is the major gap between demand and supply,” said Rajiv Kumar, secretary general of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry. “There is an urgent need to reform the power sector and bring about infrastructural improvements to meet the new challenges of the growing economy.”

India suffers a power deficit in peak periods of 8 to 12 percent, and power cuts of eight hours a day are common in many parts of the country.

Middle-class residents of New Delhi complained of waking up Monday morning drenched in sweat as fans and air conditioners failed, but others would not have noticed the difference — about 300 million Indians, or a quarter of the population, have no access to electricity at all.

India has the world’s fifth-largest reserves of coal, but the country’s wrangles over environmental and land clearances, as well as its failure to invest in mines and technology, have prevented output from growing and keeping up with demand.

Losses in electricity transmission and distribution are also among the world’s highest, 24 to 40 percent, because of inefficiencies and theft.
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Far more tragically... the battery died in my garage door opener remote control.
 

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You think that place stinks with air conditioning? Imagine how bad it is today. Comedian Russel Peters mentioned that when he got off the plane in India he got hit with a wave of BO, It has to be 20 times worse without air.
 

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***UPDATE***

Mentor, Ohio checking in here. We don't seem to be affected by this too much. Everything and everyone seems to be okay so far. It is a little warm today so I have had to turn my AC down a degree or two. I'll keep you folks posted as to our conditions here throughout the day.

We will be having a prayer vigil for brother THP and his family. It sounds like it's been a rough go of things there. Might even be setting up a charitable donation fund to help him purchase new batteries!

We can't have a fellow brother sitting in his minivan just pushing that opener button and having nothing happen. That unopen garage door is all that separates a man from his alcohol and sanity.
 

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Far more tragically... the battery died in my garage door opener remote control.
I happened to have a bag of about 200 AAA's and 100 AA's fall into my lap recently so if you need a few just say the word. We 'baggers have got to look out for one another in these trying times.
 

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If we just had laws mandating battery redundancy this wouldn't have happened!
 

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***UPDATE***

Mentor, Ohio checking in here. We don't seem to be affected by this too much. Everything and everyone seems to be okay so far. It is a little warm today so I have had to turn my AC down a degree or two. I'll keep you folks posted as to our conditions here throughout the day.

We will be having a prayer vigil for brother THP and his family. It sounds like it's been a rough go of things there. Might even be setting up a charitable donation fund to help him purchase new batteries!

We can't have a fellow brother sitting in his minivan just pushing that opener button and having nothing happen. That unopen garage door is all that separates a man from his alcohol and sanity.
India power outage, Day 1. I'm at work. Despite the central AC I have a small fan to blow cool air on me. The filtered water in my bottle is running low. I may be forced to go downstairs and get more. I'll keep you updated.

Stay strong, brothers.
 

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I happened to have a bag of about 200 AAA's and 100 AA's fall into my lap recently so if you need a few just say the word. We 'baggers have got to look out for one another in these trying times.
Get the fuck out of here. He probably needs a 9 volt! Where the fuck is he going to get something like that? This is an emergency situation, not some fucking Christmas morning bullshit, pal.
 

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You think you have it bad? They ran out of Irish Creme coffee creamers at work today. I was forced to use Hazelnut......HAZELNUT!!!!! Oh the humanity. I need a hug.
<HUGZ> We may disagree on a great many things, but NO man should EVER have to suffer such an atrocity. I'm here for ya my friend, I'm here for ya.
 

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India power outage, Day 1. I'm at work. Despite the central AC I have a small fan to blow cool air on me. The filtered water in my bottle is running low. I may be forced to go downstairs and get more. I'll keep you updated.

Stay strong, brothers.
It's been 15 minutes...has anyone heard from BIV??? Shit.
 

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BIV is probably waddling his way back from that dangerous walk down stairs.
 

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How the fuck is this possible? Customer service at sirius picked up in less than two minutes. She spoke and understood english......ahhh! the apocalypse is upon us!!
 

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Not to worry, water bottle is full, though my key is slightly bend and I had to wiggle it a bit to get back in the door.

There has been one casualty. My Nut Roll was squished in my backpack. Still edible, but will doubtlessly be inconvenient.
 

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Not to worry, water bottle is full, though my key is slightly bend and I had to wiggle it a bit to get back in the door.

There has been one casualty. My Nut Roll was squished in my backpack. Still edible, but will doubtlessly be inconvenient.
Do we need to organize an air drop of new Nut Rolls or you can hold out until the National Guard makes it by foot?
 

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I just had an eyelash get caught in my eye. No worries, though. I was able to blink a few times and get it out. What will happen next?
 

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Puncher's Power Crisis 2012

***UPDATE!***

Oh man... the fucking battery in this thing is some sort of funky 12V A23 bullshit. Of course it can't be a standard AA or AAA. Ugh! FUCK MY LIFE!

I can still open the door from my sweet ass minivan, because it has the Homelink(tm) gizmo, but I need the remote to open the door when I go out and ride my bike. I came back from riding my bike this morning, pushed the button, and the fucking thing wouldn't open. I had to walk all the way over to the front door, ring the doorbell, and then wait like a whole two minutes for my kid to open the door.

This is just the worst thing ever to happen to anyone ever.

Where the fuck am I going to find this fucking A23 battery? Do I order it on amazon and then wait two days like some kind of retarded asshole, or do I drive all the way to the goddamned Radio Shack and wait in line behind some horrible old bag of shit buying a Jitterbug cell phone? And you just know the pile of human waste cashier is going to ask me for my address. Here's my address... 3642 Noneofyourbeeswax Lane, Mister Nosey.

Everything has gone to shit.

I'll provide further updates as the crisis unfold.
 
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Get the fuck out of here. He probably needs a 9 volt! Where the fuck is he going to get something like that? This is an emergency situation, not some fucking Christmas morning bullshit, pal.
If I leave now I can get a 9v to him in 16.5 hours... hope he can survive that long.
 
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Dammit now I have to turn around and pull that A23 battery out of my camera...

Oh are you on North Noneofyourbeeswax Lane or South Noneofyourbeeswax Lane?