CEA asks States to prepare crisis management plans
The Power Ministry has directed all state governments to ensure that power utilities are ready with crisis management plans for restoring normalcy in the “shortest possible time” in case of disruptions in generation, transmission or distribution of electricity.
The latest directive is part of holistic efforts to prevent instances like that of massive electricity grid failures in July last year that had impacted more than half of the country’s population.
During the recent Cabinet Secretariat meeting to monitor contingency plan of the Power Ministry, directions were given to issue “suitable advisories” to the state governments for preparing state-level crisis management plans by all power sector utilities, according to an official document.
The Crisis Management Plan (CMP) should also have details about “hierarchical set up at various levels” to ensure effective handling of crisis situations. Such plans would be applicable for both public and private sector entities.
On January 3, the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) wrote to all state governments asking them to prepare crisis management plans with regard to power utilities of their respective states.