Massive power outage grips Mumbai

Our Bureau Mumbai October 12 | Updated on October 12, 2020 Published on October 12, 2020

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Mumbai witnessed a massive power outage across the city and in some adjoining areas.

Maharashtra Power Minister, Nitin Raut in a media statement said that maintenance work at a MahaTransmission power station was undergoing in the morning hours on the circuit no 1 on the Kalwa-Padgha line, therefore all the power load was on circuit no 2. However, circuit no 2 developed a technical failure leading to an outage in large parts of Mumbai and Thane region. The MahaTransmission employees are working on a war footing to restore the supply.

Sources in power behemoth NTPC said that there is no problem with power generations in Maharashtra but power transmission and distribution has been affected.

The Mumbai suburban train services were disrupted due to grid failure. Passengers were seen walking on the tracks from Marine Lines towards Churchgate railways station as train services had stopped due to power failure.

An internal message of Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai read that all the municipal hospitals have been asked to contact their transport offices so that they get enough supply of diesel for DG sets, which will last for at least eight hours so that there is no power failures in hospitals and for especially ICUs.

Power distribution companies Tata Power and Adani Power said that they are working to fix the issue. Details were unavailable.

“The electric supply is interrupted due to TATAs incoming electric supply faiure. Inconveniences is regretted,” BEST said in a tweet.

“There is an upstreaming problem in the State grid because of which the Mumbai Supply is affected. Inconvenience is regretted,” Tata Power said in a tweet.

“There is a major power grid failure due to which supply is affected in most areas of mumbai. As per grid safety protocols, Adani Power System has been able to sustain and islanded,” tweeted Adani Electricity.

“AEML is currently supplying to critical services in Mumbai Around 385MW through AEML Dahanu generation. Our teams are working to restore the supply in the affected areas at the earliest. We regret the inconvenience caused,” it added.

Suburban train services hit

The outage has also affected the suburban train service in the city.

“In view of interruption in Traction power at 10.05 hrs due to Grid failure of Tata Power company, services btwn Churchgate & Borivili are suspended. It shall be resumed as soon as traction power supply is restored. Commuters are requested to cooperate,” said Western Railways in an update.

It further said that power supply, from MSETCL is available at Vasai Road which has been extended to work essential suburban trains between Borivali to Virar section.

“Efforts are on to start services in Churchgate-Borivali section. Commuters are requested not to panic,” it said.

Social media reaction

Users took to social media addressing the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation and power companies, asking if there was a city-wide power outage.

Users from Chembur, Navi Mumbai, Ghatkopar, Kandivali, Juhu, Andheri, Mira Road, Thane and Panvel, among others reported power cuts since morning.

“Yes, entire Mumbai and Navi Mumbai see power outage!” tweeted a user.

“There is multiple tripping of lines and transformer (Kalwa-Padghe and Khargar ICTs) supplying power to Mumbai system. 360 MW supply in Mumbai and suburbs affected. Restoration under process, Power cut across Mumbai,” tweeted another user.

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Published on October 12, 2020
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