NEW DELHI, July 31 � The country faced a major power crisis for the second consecutive day today as three grids serving Northern, Eastern and North-Eastern regions failed this afternoon, leading to 200 coal miners getting trapped in West Bengal and throwing normal life out of gear in 22 states, reports PTI.
As the grids collapsed around 1 PM, miners in Eastern Coalfields got trapped in Sodepur and Satgram in Burdwan districts of West Bengal, according to officials who said rescue efforts are on.
Our Staff Reporter adds: As a result of the failure of the Northern and Eastern Grid, Assam along with the rest of the region had to face the brunt of severe power failure which almost left the region crippled.
This comes after power failure threw the entire North India to a state of black out on Monday.
The Northern and Eastern Grid, according to an official press release, failed around 1:02 pm this afternoon which eventually snapped the flow of power supply (400 KV and 220 KV) to the North Eastern region.
�Barring three generation units, all the other units have stopped functioning,� the official release stated.
The official statement further informed that although efforts are being made to restore the generation units, it would not be possible to get power from outside.
�As the State would get 220 MW from the central sector power stations in North East and 280 MW from Assam Power Generation Corporation, the State will face power deficit of 500 MW to 600 MW,� the release added.
Meanwhile, the power failure which almost forced the region in a black-out situation left people from all walks of life affected.
The worst affected were the industry sector, besides offices and business establishments which almost observed a shut-down. The State secretariat was no exception as power failure since the afternoon made life difficult for the employees.