Almost all of Mumbai faced a major power outage on Monday morning just as the financial capital got to work. The power cut started around 10.00 am on October 12, Monday affecting the lives of Mumbaikars. Juhu, Andheri, Mira Road, Navi Mumbai, Thane and Panvel was among the areas that were affected by the power cut. Train services were held up for some 2 hours. Power was beig restored in phases across the city. It’s not usual to have a city-wide power cut in the Maharashtra capital.
In a series of tweets, Tata Power said there was substation tripping at Kalwa and Khargar substations on the Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Company Ltd (MSETCL) line which caused a dip in frequency in the Mumbai transmission system, tripping of the city’s power supply. Tata Power said the restoration work was in progress to bring supply from the three hydro units and Trombay units once the MSETCL lines are connected.
Maharashtra Energy Minister Nitin Raut said areas between Thane and Mumbai are facing a power cut due to a technical fault of the Kalva-Padghe powerhouse but assured that the power will be restored in an hour. Brihanmumbai Municipal Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal has asked all hospitals in the city to get battery-backs for ventilators and other emergency purposes because power supply may take time to resume but no patient should suffer.
Dr Rajesh Dere, dean of the jumbo BKC Covid-19 facility, said they had 1,000 litres diesel for the generator and it will last for 12 hours. He said they started the generator the minute the power went off. Dr Dere added his team is arranging for additional supply if needed.
Western Railway said services between Churchgate and Borivali was suspended but will be resumed as soon as possible. However, power supply from MSETCL is available at Vasai Road and it has been extended to work essential trains between Borivili and Virar.