Bangalore experiences blackout; Delhi, Kolkata smiling?

Student studying during load shedding
Bangalore, Jan 17: Bangalore witnessed blackout on Monday (Jan 16) evening for a complete one-hour. However, it was not entire Bangalore but parts of South Bangalore which were kept in dark as power was not there for an hour. The incident grabbed people's attention when media started bashing the state government and electricity department over the power shut-down.

Citing the news, people in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and many other states must be smiling as the above mentioned states are the worst affected states which have been bruised by frequent power cuts.

According to the online encyclopaedia, Wikipedia (on Jan 16, 2012, 6:28 pm), States periodically and chronically affected by load-shedding are Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, West Bengal, Assam, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh. States of Punjab, Goa, Orissa, Gujarat and Kerala are largely free of any load-shedding due to surplus power. Karnataka still occasionally experiences power cuts.

Power cut or load shedding has become a daily routine for the people residing in the above mentioned states. It seems that power cut in Delhi or in Kolkata is not newsworthy to be reported as media barely covers such news on one-hour power cut in Delhi or in Lucknow or in Chennai.

Meanwhile, Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (Bescom) authorities claimed, "There was a technical glitch at Sarakki Station which took around 55 minutes to rectify. Banashankari, Jayanagar, Shanti Nagar and surrounding areas have had a 45 to 50 minute power shut-down."

Ashok Angadi, the chief engineer of Bescom has been quoted as saying, "Local issues can happen due to fluctuations (in current flow) in buildings."

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