EVERY evening before going home, Sushmita Rao, an executive at a company in New Delhi would call her maid to turn the air conditioner.
The purpose of Rao only one , when arrived at the apartment at the time, he wants to cool your home environment such as in office.
“I work in air-conditioned office and I feel uncomfortable if the apartment is not cold,” said Roa.
Roa is part of the Indian executive working in air-conditioned offices, shop in air-conditioned supermarkets and eat in air-conditioned restaurant.
Living alone in an apartment at the time, Rao has washing machine, two televisions, air conditioners in each room, personal computers and other electronic products.
“I have high electricity use, but that’s routine in my life. I like living in a comfortable environment,” he said.
However, at the end of July, India paralyzed when a blackout in the country.As a result, factories in India also suffered losses. Kumar Jayaraj factory that produces chips shelves briefly stopped operations before using the diesel generator support function. The electricity that many manufacturers depend on diesel power plants that support noisy and dirty sounds.
More worrisome, the use of diesel generators has increased operating costs, affected productivity and retard economic development in the country.
economic status rose
“Running the manufacturing industry here is very challenging right now,” said Kumar.
electricity crisis in India for five hours at the end of last month have been attributed to increased use.
the states involved is said to use energy more than the quota set by the government.
In addition, economic status and lifestyle communities in India are changing the electricity consumption also increased.
” Indian middle-income group increased their lead to afford to buy electricity at the same time the use of energy, “said Will Pearson, global energy analyst at the Eurasia Group, based in London.
Chairman Technopak, Arvind Singhal said the country is in the process of social transformation and thus require more energy for industrial, shopping centers and offices.
use of electrical appliances
Based on information from the National Agency of India, the middle class in this country of 160 million, which is larger than the population in Russia or Japan. The figure is expected to increase to 267 million by the year 2016.Thus, the use of air conditioners, microwaves, toasters, washing machines and other electrical goods are rising and affordable since 1990′s in India.
India Failure to meet the increased electricity supply in the country receiving end pay the price when it was broken last month apart from affecting over 700 million people in the country.Genesis which is the worst in the world is also a concern of demonstrations, riots, insurrections and protests among the population. A total of 20 of the 28 states in India including New Delhi hit when three of the five electricity suppliers failed to provide energy when it is cut off at the end of the afternoon last month.
As a result, hundreds of train services disrupted thereby causing the user stranded along the path from Kashmir to Nagaland in the eastern India bordering Myanmar.
Not only that, the light was not working cause severe traffic congestion as New Delhi and Kolkata.
More seriously, some cases were also canceled surgery at the hospital and had surgery that was performed manually using the equipment after power diesel at the hospital failed.
Managing cremation in the center of the burning are affected until the wood is used as fuel.
In West Bengal, the elevator did not work resulting in hundreds of miners trapped underground and only saved after the supply restored about five hours later .
Government employees had to be allowed to return early from work and when the chief minister made the announcement that the supply is expected to recover within 10 to 12 hours.
Genesis electricity failure, it raises questions of infrastructure facilities in India and the ability of government to meet the increasing energy demand.
Energy Minister, Sushilkumar Shinde blamed the state government for using electricity more than the quota set.
“Everyone using electricity exceeds the set quota. I have given instructions, the state will be involved in the cutting action of electricity, “he said.
The opposition parties made a political crisis as they are.
” This event was a manifestation of poor management … people need an explanation from the prime minister, “a spokesman for Bharatiya Janata Party, Manmohan Singh.
Managing Director, Energy Association of Independent India, Harry Dhaul said that people would make chaos havoc if the crisis continues.
“The situation is alarming in urban areas because the population is highly dependent on electricity. It may happen riots or demonstration, “he said.
Experts agree India should invest to improve infrastructure to meet the needs of 1.2 billion people.
According to reports the Wall Street Journal, since 2006, China has energy spent six times more energy per year compared to India. On average, China uses 84 giga watts of energy while India only 14 giga watts per year.Dhaul said, the cause of India failed to follow China is not due to political factors, but India is a democratic country. “In China, if they want to build a hydroelectric dam, but no objection, it is not a problem … within 24 hours of those involved in these areas will be removed and construction begins. We can not do such things in India,” he claimed.
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