“The Show Goes On”. Power cuts during the media conference fails to deter Goyal

“The Show Goes On”. Power cuts during the media conference fails to deter Goyal

Was it a sheer coincidence or a deliberate attempt to interrupt the important media conference by union minister of state for power, coal and renewable energy, Piyush Goyal on Friday, as power cuts (even though for few seconds) were experienced during the conference and just when the minister started listing the achievements of his ministries on completion of two years of the Modi government.

As many debated on whether this was a deliberate attempt or a genuine power outage, the incident failed to either deter the minister or the proceedings of his conference.

An unfazed Goyal continued with his presentation, taking questions soon after he released the book titled “Ujjwal Bharat two years.”

Taking it in his stride, the minister even shared a funny anecdote, “I think I mentioned this before that my wife tells me that power should go off once at every program so that I know that I have miles to go before I rest.”

“I don’t know if now they’ve made it a practice because of her guidance or it is actually gone,” the minister said smiling.

The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy, Shri Piyush Goyal launching the ‘Ujwal Bharat’, at a press conference on the achievements of his Ministries, on the completion of 2 years of the NDA Government, in New Delhi on May 20, 2016. The Secretary, Ministry of Coal, Shri Anil Swarup, the Secretary, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, Shri Upendra Tripathy, the Additional Secretary Ministry of Power, Shri B.P. Pandey and the Director General (M&C), Press Information Bureau, Shri A.P. Frank Noronha are also seen.
Piyush Goyal launching the ‘Ujwal Bharat’, at a press conference on the achievements of his Ministries, on the completion of 2 years of the NDA Government, in New Delhi on May 20, 2016.

Preliminary report on power tripping during Shri Piyush Goyal’s Press Conference submitted to D.G, PIB

According to the preliminary enquiry report received, on the power tripping during the Press Conference in the National Media Centre of Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy on 20.5.2016 there was a power failure at 11.25 A.M. from the NDMC side. The National Media Centre has a back-up of 4 Gensets – 2 Gensets of 500 KVA and 2 Gensets of 750 KVA which are in a auto mode. Soon after the power failure, the sets started on automode but due to surge in requirement of power the air circuit braker of the supply tripped and load automatically transferred to 500 KVA Gensets. Since the power supply was not stable in automatic mode, PIB officials took the decision to put the Gensets into manual mode and maintain the supply without any further tripping till the end of the Press Conference. The power supply of NDMC was restored after 45 minutes at 12.10 P.M. but in order to avoid further tripping, the supply was maintained on DG sets.

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DG, PIB had earlier in the afternoon ordered an enquiry into the power incident and sought a report from the officials of PIB soon after the Press Conference.

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