PM Narendra Modi announced for call for switching off lights across the nation for nine minutes from 9 PM on April 5 and lightning candles and diyas or even flashlights of mobile to mark as a fight against coronavirus through a video message on twitter.
A video messsage to my fellow Indians. https://t.co/rcS97tTFrH
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 3, 2020
Energy industry officials said that the move is not likely to cause any major disruption in the power distribution system.
As a thumb rule, lighting constitutes 50% of the domestic sector’s overall load.
Mr. Modi’s call pertains only to the domestic lighting load and does not cover electricity consumption by the domestic category on account of use of refrigerators or air-conditioners or television sets, the officials spoke.
Power minister Nitin Raut showed concern of power grid to be effected
Power minister Nitin Raut said “If all lights are switched off at once it might lead to failure of grid. All our emergency services will fail&it might take a week’s time to restore power.I would appeal to the public to light candles&lamps without switching off lights.”
In a video message released on Friday night, Mr. Raut said the lockdown has changed the equation between power generation and supply. “At present, Maharashtra’s power demand has come down to 13000 MW from 23000 MW. Industrial load is zero. Only emergency and domestic demand is being served. In case of sudden drop in demand, as will happen if people switch off the lights at a single moment, power stations may go on high frequency. It could result in feeder trippings in the grid,” he said.
देशातील सर्वांनी एकत्र लाईट बंद केले तर विजेची मागणी आणि पुरवठा हे गणित बिघडेल. स्टेट व सेंट्रल ग्रीड हाय फ्रिक्वेन्सीवर फेल होण्याचा धोका आहे. सर्व नागरिकांनी संमजसपणे वागून घरातील लाईट किंवा कोणतेही विद्युत उपकरण बंद न करता दिवे लावावेत : उर्जामंत्री @NitinRaut_INC pic.twitter.com/sZ90LKONgx
— Mumbai Pradesh Congress Sevadal (@SevadalMB) April 4, 2020
Leader slams PM announcement
Maharashtra congress youth president shared a tweet in which he said “if Nitin Raut is wrong then why central agencies related to power Ministry like Power Grid Corp of India or National Load Dispatch Center are doing emergency meetings to avoid a crisis on 5th April.”
If @NitinRaut_INC Ji is wrong, then why are central agencies related to Power Ministry like Power Grid Corp of India or National Load Dispatch Center are doing emergency meetings to avoid a crisis on 5th April.
Why don't PM consult his team before declaring such absurd decisions? pic.twitter.com/WeXR0eDrlZ
— Satyajeet Tambe (@satyajeettambe) April 4, 2020
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said when the PM asked people to clap, many came on the road with dhol (drum). He said, “Now he has asked to light a lamp. Let’s hope no one lights the fire.” Mr. Raut added that Mr. Modi should in fact speak about employment and food security.
The Congress leader questions that in such tough times, Mr. Modi is expected to take some firm policy decisions. “It is not the Prime Minister’s job to ask people to clap, light lamps. It is about time that PM gets serious about the real issue,” he said.
Former CM and senior Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan said instead of any concrete plan, the PM is relying on ‘thali (plate), taali (clap) and Diwali.’
He further said, “The PM should address a press conference to answer the questions of the public. But he is happy with one-way conversation that lacks any concrete steps.”
Leaders of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) alliance questioned the PM’s appeal to citizens to light candles instead of taking firm decisions for providing security to medical staff and professionals and the supply of medical equipment.