It was a hot and muggy Sunday for many south Mumbai residents, due to a 12-hour power cut caused by a fire in a transformer owned by the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST).
A BEST official said, “This is one of the major breakdowns faced by BEST in the past 20 years. The fire broke out in the BEST transformer at Backbay Reclamation. The Tatas have electricity supply cables inside the same plant and the fire has damaged them. It is difficult to repair them before Monday. After the repair work is complete, it takes six hours to charge these cables. People can expect regular power supply by Monday afternoon”.
Many residential buildings in Colaba, Cuffe Parade and Marine Drive were affected.“We had planned a Sunday outing, but since the lifts were not working I couldn’t take my son, who is physically challenged, down,” said Captain Sohrab Kapadia, a Colaba resident. “The supply first went off at 5am. It was restored for 15 minutes, but it went off again till at least 6pm, when I left home,” he said.
“The fire broke out at 4.40am, and burnt a power supply cable belonging to the Tatas. The fire brigade reached the spot quickly, but it took two hours to control the blaze,” said NA Walwalkar, BEST PRO.
What irked residents was lack of communication. “The power went at 5.30am and was restored at 8am. Then it went at 10.30am and hasn’t been restored,” said Captain Raman Meher , 70, who lives in Cuffe Parade.
“We partially restored supply by diverting electricity from substations based in northern Mumbai. However, Navy Nagar continued to be affected till late in the night,” Walawalkar said.