All four power distributors in the city are taking steps to ensure the safety of their consumers, as the monsoon draws near.
The companies have put in place an action plan to meet the requirements that arise out of various situations during the monsoon, such as water-logging, power failures, electrical shocks, sparking and fire, among other things, to minimise the risk and inconvenience to Mumbaiites.
Reliance Infrastructure Limited (RInfra), which caters to more than 28 lakh suburban consumers, said it may resort to safety switch-offs (discontinuing power supply) in certain areas if water-logging makes it dangerous to keep the power supply on. This includes installations at consumers’ premises, such as substations and meter cabins as well as the company’s installations such as transformers and mini-pillars on roads.
Mahavitaran, the government-run firm that supplies electricity to the eastern suburbs, Thane, Navi Mumbai and the rest of Maharashtra, said it was all set for the monsoon.
Tata Power Company said its pre-monsoon checks and preventive equipment maintenance have been carried out and that it has set up dedicated teams at various nodes in the city to handle emergencies.
Island city distributor, the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport, which supplies electricity to 10 lakh consumers, also has everything in place to deal with monsoon-related crises.