KUNAL CHATTERJEE, Kolkata: Though the Centre has clarified that switching off the entire country’s lights on Sunday at 9 pm for nine minutes won’t impact the electricity grid, several state governments, including West Bengal, has expressed apprehensions about the move.
For instance, Bengal power minister Sobhandeb Chatterjee has assured people that a team of engineers will be at hand to meet the power emergency which might arise between 9 pm to 9:09 pm on April 5. He said this team will ensure that electricity to essential services like hospitals are not interrupted.
State power distribution and load transmission centres have already been alerted. All power utilities in the state have been asked to keep such equipment as relays and capacitors readu to meet any emergency.
All engineers have been asked to stay in their posts between 8pm and 10.30pm on Sunday. “This has been done to make sure that all our emergency and essential services, especially the COVID hospitals, and other medical services are supplied power uninterrupted. We will make sure that there is no disturbance even if other grids fail.”