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Keeping the lights off tomorrow may let the power grid to collapse.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a video message issued to the nation, has called for turning off the lights for 9 minutes at 9 pm on 5 April.

During this time, the Prime Minister has urged to light a lamp, flashlight, flashlight of mobile. This call by the Prime Minister to demonstrate solidarity in the fight against the Coronavirus has brought the power grid into alert mode.

With this call of PM, the power grid has started to fail and blackout threatens. In such a situation, the challenge is to maintain stability in front of the power grid, to avoid a situation like a blackout. In view of the potential danger, the power professionals of the entire country have been activated to consider the steps related to the safety of the power grid.

The State Load Dispatch Center of Uttar Pradesh has written a letter to the UP Power Transmission Corporation giving suggestions on some points for grid safety and smooth power supply. The centre estimates that power consumption will be reduced by 3000 MW due to the shutdown of power due to the PM’s call. Due to this, there may be a problem with the high voltage.

Power System Operation Corporation Limited has become active in view of this potential threat and is in contact with load dispatch centres at a national and regional level. Talking to Aaj Tak, former Secretary of the electricity department, RC Shahi said that the power grid is capable of managing the reduction in demand for electricity.

He said that the demand or load of electricity will reduce, but if the frequency is managed properly, then there will be no instability. During this time, as a precaution, power generation centres should also reduce production. The former Secretary of Power called for a coordinated approach to deal with this situation and said that when the lights are switched on, the production can be increased.

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