“World’s Biggest Blackout” Snarls India’s Transport Network

The Indian electrical grid has largely failed, leaving nearly 600 million people without power or stable transport. Photo by escalepade.

More than 600 million people are without power in India, in what is being described as “the world’s biggest blackout.”

Cities in 22 of India’s 28 states, including New Delhi, have been affected. As of 1:45 p.m. IST, only 38 megawatts were being provided to the capital, out of the roughly 4,000 megawatts needed to supply the city with adequate electricity. India’s transportation network, which relies heavily on electrified railways, came to a halt. The Delhi Metro, which moves nearly 2 million people daily, was completely down for hours.

Update on transport services, as of 12:45 p.m. EST, or, 10:45 p.m. IST:

  • 300 trains have been stalled across 8 states primarily in Eastern India, stranding about 300,000 passengers. Diesel locomotives have been deployed to alleviate these passengers and haul the powerless railcars to their nearest respective stations.

Update on transport services, as of 11:30 p.m. EST, or, 9:30 p.m. IST:

 

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  • Nancy

    If ever there were an easy to understand illustration of infrastructure interdependencies, this blog captures it.