How The Massive Power Outages Are Crippling Life In India’s Major Cities

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India has suffered massive blackouts for two consecutive days.Photographs show traffic grind to a halt as traffic signals have failed and commuters stranded at train stations.

But how were individuals impacted by this?

In Kolkata, a city with a population of about 4.5 million an angry housewife told NDTV that she didn’t have electricity to run her aquaguard.

Aquaguards are prominent in most homes, since water-borne diseases like Cholera are still a major problem in India. The housewife who wasn’t named during the interview said the country boasts of nuclear power but can’t provide its citizens with basics like electricity.

In Howrah station, Kolkata a man told IBN Live that he had been waiting at the train station for two hours for his sister who was on her way in from Patna.

In Kolkata, barbers were seen giving haircuts by candlelight in Kolkata and in Noida with a population of 642,000, on the outskirts of New Delhi children had to study by candlelight.

A Delhi resident who was stranded at the train station told the Guardian that commuters were  told that trains were running 10 – 15 minutes behind schedule because of a failure in the power grid. But we’ve already been waiting for 30 minutes. 

We’ve been told that these trains are being run on diesel “but how will these trains cross the other trains that are stranded on the tracks?”

In Gurgaon, an industrial hub with a population of 1.5 million people residents that is often referred to as a Millenium city, residents said power shortage and lack of water have been a major hit to the city. As we previously wrote, the residents said that this isn’t at all unusual for them.

One male resident said on average they have 10 – 11 hour power cuts when they have to rely on generators and tankers to supply them with water. One resident said its was “hell to live” there, while another said  “If you want a millennium city go to Hong Kong.”

Much of the backlash is focused at a government that many Indians view as apathetic to their problems. And their protests can’t be ignored, after all India’s power minister Sushil Kumar Shinde just got promoted to the position of home minister.

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