Telangana CM KCR congratulates state electricity dept for smoothly handling 9 PM, 9 minutes lights off initiative

South India

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao congratulated the state electricity department for smoothly handling the switching off lights in the state on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's appeal to the nation to mark the fight against the coronavirus.


The Chief Minister said due to sudden switching off lights at one go, the demand dropped to 1500 MWs.

"Lights were switched off on Sunday at 9 PM, due to the perfect planning of the electricity department, no problem arose. Monitoring the situation by minute to minute, the decrease in load was compensated elsewhere with a strategy," read an official statement of CMO.

The CM congratulated State Transco, Genco CMD Prabhakar Rao, other directors, and engineers.

On Friday, in a "short video message" to the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked people to switch off all lights at 9 pm on Sunday and light candles or diyas or use the flashlights on their mobile phones to mark the fight against the coronavirus outbreak. 

"I request all of of you to switch off all the lights of your house on 5th April at 9 PM for 9 minutes, and just light a candle, 'diya', or mobile's flashlight, to mark our fight against coronavirus," he had said.  

The Prime Minister further said that this will send out a message that nobody among the 130 crore Indians is alone in this fight against the deadly infection.

"I have one more prayer to all of you, nobody has to gather at any place during this event. Everyone will light a Diya only at their doors, windows or balconies. The Laxman Rekha of social distancing must be followed," Modi had said.

The Central government has taken many stringent measures to prevent the further spread of the disease. 

In his address to the nation on March 24, the Prime Minister had announced a 21-day lockdown in the country to contain the spread of novel coronavirus, which has infected over 2,000 people in the country. Only the essential services like grocery shops, medical outlets remain functional during the lockdown.

Coronavirus, which originated in China's Wuhan city in December last year, has so far spread to more than 200 countries. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared coronavirus a pandemic. 


With inputs from ANI

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