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COVID-19 Challenge: Power Ministry dismisses Sunday blackout fears

COVID-19 Challenge: Power Ministry dismisses Sunday blackout fears
New Delhi: With Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging people to switch off their lights for nine minutes on Sunday evening, there is a lot of apprehension that it may affect the power grid due to electrical flux.

This can lead to damage of household appliances thereby causing huge losses.

However, the union power ministry has assured that these fears are completely baseless.

“The grid is absolutely robust and stable. All preparations have been made to deal with the situation,” the ministry said in a statement.

“The Prime Minister has only asked to turn off the lights of the house, there is no need to close such fan refrigerators. No need to turn off the lights where hospitals and other essential services are being provided, including police stations, municipal corporations and municipalities,” the statement added.

“All local bodies have been asked to keep the street lights on.”

Earlier on Saturday, the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) had expressed concern over the switching off, of all lights on Sunday saying it could unsettle the grid balance. It has worked out an alternate plan to deal with it.

It was on Friday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi came out with the message that on April 5 at 9 p.m. for nine minutes, banish the darkness by lighting lamps while observing social distancing.

The KSEB feels that if all the lights are switched off it could unsettle the grid and create problems which might take a few days to be resolved.

The KSEB officials will switch on generators to control the load in the grid just before 9 p.m and switch them off a minute or two after 9.10 p.m.

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