The world’s largest blackout left at least 620 million people without power in India on Tuesday, causing widespread traffic jams, stranding train passengers, trapping miners, leaving hospitals scrambling in the dark and even snuffing out electric crematoria with bodies inside.
It was the second such outage in two days after power grids collapsed on Monday in a similar, but smaller blackout, raising questions about outdated infrastructure and the Indian government’s ability to meet its growing appetite for energy.
The back-to-back blackouts were a “wake-up call” that the country’s ambition of becoming an economic superpower is at risk if India doesn’t get its act together, experts say.
“There are these various, serious, persistent bottlenecks which need to be broken, and rapidly,” said Sumit Ganguly, a professor of political science and South Asia expert at Indiana University in Bloomington. “Otherwise, the prospects of…
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