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Power engineers ensure India sails through ‘9 min lights off’

Right at 9 p.m., Indians switched off lights and lit candles or flashed mobile torches for nine minutes to express solidarity with “Corona warriors”.

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New Delhi, April 5 : As people across the country switched off the lights of their homes at 9 p.m. on Sunday on the call of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, power engineers across the country ensured that the 9 minutes of blackout does not lead to a collapse of the power grid across the country.

Staff at power companies including PowerGrid, NTPC, NHPC among others said that they worked overtime to see that the power did not go out of control.

According to a Power Ministry official, adequate arrangements and protocol were in place to handle the power demand variation.

The All India Power Engineers Federation has congratulated power engineers and its employees for secure and reliable operation of power grid.

AIPEF Chairman Shailendra Dubey said that that in Uttar Pradesh, the load-crash was 4,384 MW and at national level, it was about 31,000 MW which is “unprecedented”.

National level generation before 9 p.m. was 1,17,000 MW which came down to 86,000 MW while in UP, it came down from 13,288 MW to 9,100 MW, he added.

Dubey noted that the whole credit goes to system engineers and employees.

Further, power producers reduced the generation much ahead of the event and reduced load on the grid that was to reduce power demand drastically. Load despatch centres had informed scheduling of power much ahead to prevent a voltage surge when all of sudden demand falls.

All state governments’ load despatch centres were kept in the loop so that there was proper management of the grid, said people in the know.

Senior power generation companies’ officials said that the collective effort and planning ensured that grid frequency was maintained.

Initially, there was a scare and it kept power officials busy during the weekend.

A BSES statement said: “Following Hon’ble PM’s appeal, an estimated 17 million residents in BSES area switched-off their lights for 9 minutes, There was a reduction of 473 MW in BSES areas (Delhi 726 MW). We coordinated the mega event with other stakeholders at both the Central and State levels and successfully managed the event in our license area of 950 square KM in Delhi.”

It said Delhi’s demand reduced by 726 MW from 1,968 MW to 1,242 MW, while BSES’ demand reduced from 1305 MW to 832 MW, a reduction of 473 MW, adding that it was “a hugely successful event in BSES areas”.

In Tamil Nadu the crash was 2,200 MW. It was earlier expected to be 1,200 MW, but the grid is normal, said officials.

Union Power Minister R.K. Singh also monitored the power grid operations from the National Power Monitoring Centre here, along with other senior officers.

The minister said there was huge response to Prime Minister’a call as power demand went down from 117 GW to 85.3 GW within a span of 4-5 minutes.

He noted that this was handled “very very well by engineers across all levels”. He congratulated all of them and said that ramp-up was also done “very smoothly” as demand and supply was back to 110 GW.

Singh also congratulated engineers at the NLDC, RLDCs, SLDCs for their professional handling, adding that the response to the event was much beyond expectation.

Complementing power gencos like NTPC, NHPC, THDC, he said they stood up to the task.

Right at 9 p.m., Indians switched off lights and lit candles or flashed mobile torches for nine minutes to express solidarity with “Corona warriors”.

From metropolitan cities like Delhi and Mumbai to tier two cities like Madhya Pradesh’s Gwalior or Karnataka’s Mysuru, people rose above their political inclination to respond to PM Modi’s call and project a united front against the coronavirus pandemic.

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Gujarat’s health infrastructure has completely collapsed, says AAP

He said that now it is high time for the BJP to come in front of the people and say why they have failed to better health infrastructure in Gujarat.

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New Delhi, May 26 : Delhi’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party on Monday said that the health infrastructure of Gujarat has completely collapsed and accused the state’s ruling BJP of indulging in corruption.

AAP’s Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Singh said the Gujarat High Court’s observations have revealed the “fraud” behind BJP’s Gujarat Model.

He said that Gujarat HC has observed that the condition of the Ahmedabad Civil hospital is “pathetic” and the hospital is “as good as a dungeon, maybe even worse”.

“Heath infrastructure of Gujarat completely collapsed. In Gujarat, the N-95 masks which cost around Rs 49 are being sold at Rs 65. This means that corruption is happening in Gujarat in the health sector. The Gujarat government which is led by the BJP has also failed the poor migrant labourers,” he claimed.

Noting the BJP is ruling Gujarat for the last 25 years, he said: “It has always talked about the Gujarat model of development both across the globe and India. Till date, 865 people have died in Gujarat due to coronavirus and the number of deaths in Gujarat is the highest among all the states of India.”

Singh said “it is crystal clear that the health infrastructure of Gujarat has completely failed. These are not my personal observations, these are the observations made by the Gujarat High Court.”

He said that now it is high time for the BJP to come in front of the people and say why they have failed to better health infrastructure in Gujarat.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah are from Gujarat. The Central government earlier sent a team of experts to Gujarat to look into the health infrastructure of the state but until today has not revealed the findings of the team. I think that this is high time the BJP should come clean about the real situation of Gujarat,” said Singh.

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Covid-19: Gujarat’s tally mounts to 14,468, death toll 888

On Monday, a total of 224 patients were discharged. Till now, 6,636 people have recovered from the disease in Gujarat.

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Gandhinagar, May 26 : With an addition of 405 new cases on Monday, the number of Covid-19 positive cases in Gujarat has climbed to 14,468, while 30 deaths in the last 24 hours took the states death toll to 888.

Health authorities carried out a total of 3,492 tests in the past 24 hours, of which the results of 405 returned positive. Ahmedabad reported the maximum number of cases at 310, followed by Surat (31), Vadodara (18), Sabarkantha (12), Mahisagar (7), Gandhinagar (4), Panchmahals and Narmada (3 each), Bhavnagar, Anand, Surendranagar and Amreli (2 each), and Rajkot, Mahesana, Botad, Kheda, Patan, Valsad, Navsari and Porbandar (1 each).

The state has been reporting over 20 deaths daily since the beginning of May and the trend continued on Monday with 30 more people falling prey to the deadly virus, taking the state’s death toll to 888.

Ahmedabad reported the maximum number of fatalities at 25 (15 males, 10 females), while two males and a female died in Gandhinagar. Surat (1 female) and Anand (1 male) also reported Covid-19 deaths.

Out of the total death toll, 674 people have succumbed to the dreaded virus in May. Till date, 722 people have died in Ahmedabad alone, followed by 62 in Surat, 35 in Vadodara, 13 in Gandhinagar, 10 in Anand, 8 in Bhavnagar and 6 in Panchmahals.

Out of the 6,944 active cases in the state, the condition of 6,835 is stable, while 109 patients are on ventilator support.

On Monday, a total of 224 patients were discharged. Till now, 6,636 people have recovered from the disease in Gujarat.

Right now, there are over 4.4 lakh people quarantined in the state, 4,31,046 under home quarantine, 10,789 in government facilities and 762 in private facilities.

Since the past couple of days, more and more cases are getting detected outside the three major cities of the state, Ahmedabad, Surat and Vadodara, signalling the increasing spread of the virus across the state.

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Covid infection reaches Delhi Health Minister’s office

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New Delhi, May 25 : Spreading across the national capital, coronavirus has also touched the office of Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain’s office, where a staffer has tested positive.

According to official sources, the man was unwell from past few days and was not coming to the office.

“He tested positive on Sunday. The office has been sanitised,” an official source told IANS.

The coronavirus cases count in the national capital has gone up to 14,053 and the death tally has reached 276, the Delhi Health Department said on Monday. Out of the total cases, 7,006 were active, it said.

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