New Delhi: The power ministry on Tuesday reviewed the progress made in connecting the Southern grid with the National grid against the backdrop of other parts of the country facing a massive outage.
      
Southern Grid at present is connected to the Eastern Grid only. After the review with officials, Minister of State for Power K C Venugopal said southern grid provided the power back-up for restoration of the failed grid.
    
The connectivity between southern and other grids in the country would help in easing the congestion of electricity transmission lines in the country.
     
Three major grids -- Northern, Eastern and North Eastern -- tripped at 1300 hours on Tuesday, resulting in severe power crisis for more than half of the country's population.
     
On the collapse of grids, he said, "The priority is on restoring the supplies. We will later look into the reasons for the failure".
     
At the meeting held in Hyderabad on Tuesday, Venugopal along with officials reviewed the progress made in efforts to connect the southern and western grids.
     
Presently, the inter regional transmission capacity between West and South is 1,500 MW. With connectivity, it will be enhanced to 5,000 MW, the statement said.
     
India has five electricity grids -- Northern, Eastern, North Eastern, Southern and Western. All of them are inter- connected, except the Southern grid.
     
All the grids are being run by the state-owned Power Grid Corporation, which operates more than 95,000 circuit km of transmission lines.
     
One circuit km refers to one kilometre of electrical transmission line.

(Agencies)

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