Dark Days

India Today - - MAIL -

Al­liance com­pul­sions, in­ef­fec­tive reg­u­la­tory mech­a­nism, un­re­al­is­tic en­vi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions and un­pro­fes­sional tack­ling of prob­lems led to the com­plete black­out for over 16 hours in the last two days of July, across north and east In­dia (“In­dia’s Dark­est Hour”, Au­gust 13). To tackle ex­ten­sive power cuts, a no- non­sense ap­proach is re­quired. Cit­i­zens need to re­mem­ber the trauma of the two con­sec­u­tive days of power out­age till the next elec­tions, and make a well- in­formed de­ci­sion. AMITABH NIGAM, Lucknow Hours af­ter Union power min­is­ter Sushilku­mar Shinde presided over the most ex­ten­sive power cuts in In­dian his­tory, he was pro­moted to the cov­eted job of Union home min­is­ter. Both the Cen­tre as well as the states are re­spon­si­ble for the cri­sis. It’s time to ar­rest these prob­lems, or there will be darker days ahead. SANYA BAK­SHI, Kan­pur

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