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No need to switch off TVs, refrigerators, ACs on April 5: Centre allays fears of grid imbalance


Allaying the fears of many regarding the adverse impact of Prime Minister's blackout appeal on the electricity grid, the centre said, "there is no call to switch off TVs, Refrigerators and ACs in homes," and to "only voluntarily switch off lights." 

The Ministry of Power released a statement on Saturday to shut down fears of grid balancing during the critical period the country is facing, where PM Modi appealed to the people to voluntarily switch off "only lights at 9:00 PM on 5th April, 2020."

The Principal Power Secretary clarified in a statement, "The National Load Despatch Centre has worked out the procedures for grid balancing during the period which they will be communicating to the Regional and State Load Despatch Centres separately." 

The centre informed that the lights in hospitals and all other essential services like Public Utilities, Municipal Services, Offices, Police Stations, Manufacturing Facilities, etc will remain on and specifically mentioned that, "there is no call to switch off either streetlights or appliances like TVs, Refrigerators and ACs in homes."

The public was assured to not worry as adequate arrangements are in place to handle the variation in demand, and they can continue to run all appliances as usual.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday had urged people to switch off the lights at their homes and light up lamps, candles or mobile phone torches for nine minutes at 9 pm on Sunday to display the country's "collective resolve" to defeat the coronavirus.

Upon which, many were concerned that the blackout may have an impact on the electricity grid due to the sudden drop in peak power demand, which was already down 25 percent at 125.81 GW on April 2nd as opposed to a year ago. 

The Maharashtra Energy Minister Nitin Raut had said in a video message on Friday, "If all lights are switched off at once it might lead to failure of the grid. All our emergency services will fail and it might take a week's time to restore power. Would appeal to the public to light candles and lamps without switching off lights."

The Opposition has been targetting Centre over "mishandling" the COVID-19 crisis and not taking adequate measures to tackle it.


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