The blackouts follow a day of similar problems yesterday. Today however it has been reported that at least 200 miners are trapped underground. Without power the miners will remain effectively trapped underground. The lack of power means that their incarceration will be hot and dark.
Around India at least 600 million people are now without power. The result has hit transport, hospitals and just about all sections of communities. It is high Summer in India and as air conditioning systems fail people are left sweltering uncomfortably.
Services such as airports and hospitals will have some emergency power to rely on. However back up generators can only offer some respite and not fill the gap in power.
National Power Grids across India this week have collapsed, been propped up, crashed, revived and crashed again. There are reports that a rescue attempt will be made to free the trapped miners. For now they are being supplied with food and water where possible.
Today's power may take 12 hours to be restored. This has resulted in white collar workers being sent home. Without any power though what awaits them at home could be worse than work.
The current power black-outs in India are said to be the worst for a decade. They show that the infrastructure of power in India sorely needs attention. India's Power Minister has in part blamed States that take more than their fair share of power from National sources. He has suggested that there should be some form of punishment for those that are greedy such as disconnection from the service.
We think that India's National Power Grid needs more than that though. It needs a thorough overhaul and no doubt investment.