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India’s blackout sheds light on fundamental grid problems

While the power cut that spread across northern India late last month was largely caused by the particularly weak rainfall so far this monsoon season, it also points to fundamental problems in the country’s electricity system that will take years to fix.
By Sara Stefanini 7 August 2012 0 7879

While the power cut that spread across northern India late last month was largely caused by the particularly weak rainfall so far this monsoon season, it also points to fundamental problems in the country’s electricity system that will take years to fix.

The blackout on 30 July left 620 million people in eight states and the capital city of Delhi without electricity and took more than 24 hours to fix. Although power shortages are typical in India, it was the first time the country saw three...