Mumbai, April 4: Maharashtra Power Minister Nitin Raut on Saturday said people of the nation to rethink on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call of switching off lights for nine minutes at 9 pm on Sunday as it would lead to failure of power grid. Raut said all emergency services will fail if lights are put off and it might take a week's time to restore power. "If all lights are switched off at once it might lead to failure of grid. All our emergency services will fail&it might take a week's time to restore power", Raut said.
The Minister further appealed to people of the nation to follow the PM's call and light candles, diyas (earthen lamps) to fight the darkness brought upon the country by coronavirus pandemic but without switching off the lights. "I would appeal to the public to light candles and lamps without switching off lights", Raut said. In a message, he has urged the citizens not to turn off all the lights at the same time. He also said that it may take up to 12 to 16 hours to restore services, adding that in fight against coronavirus pandemic, electricity is an important tool. PM Narendra Modi's April 5 Blackout Call Puts Power Sector on Alert Mode to Maintain Grid Stability.
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If all lights are switched off at once it might lead to failure of grid. All our emergency services will fail&it might take a week's time to restore power.I would appeal to the public to light candles&lamps without switching off lights:Nitin Raut,Maharashtra Energy Minister (3.4) pic.twitter.com/2j2gtOoJKi
— ANI (@ANI) April 4, 2020
The Prime Minister's appeal for a 9-minute blackout at 9 p.m. on Sunday, has shaken the babus in the power ministry. They have put themselves in a huddle to quickly devise a strategy to prevent the April 5 event from creating ground for a possible grid collapse and resultant blackout throughout the country.