Delhi: Power began to flicker on late Monday morning, hours after a major power outage struck simultaneously across dozens of cities in the northern India. By 11 p.m. in multiple states, power has not been restored to about 67 crore people, a spokeswoman for power department said. It was unclear what caused the outage, although state and central govt. officials agreed that it was not terrorism.
Delhi’s CM Shiela Dikshit, whose city was almost completely darkened by the blackout, urged Delhi walas to seek alternatives to talking to each other, such as sleeping, eating or listening to battery-powered CD players. Unfortunately, the CM was unable to deliver this message through the usual means of television and radio, so she was forced to walk the streets of the city with a bullhorn, giving advice and comfort to Delhi’s petrified residents. “This is exhausting and terrifying, and I can’t even be sure if I’m doing any good,” Dikshit said as he patrolled the city. “Still, I’m going to keep at it. The alternative is to go home to my husband.”
A spokesman for the prime minister’s office said the cause of the outage was due to a ” Bhangra Party” at the residence of the home minister PC Chidambaram, who is a Bhangra fanatic. Engineers point the finger at the tangle of bare electrical wires inside and outside the 670,000-watt display, theorizing a roadie spilled a beer onto the electrical tap which the display drew its power. Who spilled the beer that caused this blackout? CBI officials are investigating this spillage but the offender is at large.
The outage stopped trains, elevators and the normal flow of traffic and life. Its 6 pam. and the power has not being restored in parts of the affected area.
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