New Delhi: The government on Saturday clarified that adequate measures have been taken to handle the variation in demand and there is “no need to worry”.Earlier there was reports, that the blackout called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at 9 pm for nine minutes on April 5 can lead to grid collapse. “PM has appealed to voluntarily switch off lights between 9:00 p.m to 9:09 pm on April 5. Some apprehensions have been expressed that this may cause instability in grid and voltage fluctuation which may harm electrical appliances. These apprehensions are misplaced,” Ministry of Power said in a statement.
“No call to switch off street lights or appliances in homes. Only lights should be switched off. The lights in hospitals and other essential services will remain on. Local bodies have been advised to keep street lights on for public safety,” it added.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday had appealed people to turn off lights at their houses at 9 pm for nine minutes on April 5 to display the India’s ‘collective resolve’ to defeat coronavirus.