Mumbai power outage: City comes to a standstill as grid failure hits supply

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By
Oct 12, 2020 11:34 AM IST

Power supply is interrupted in Mumbai island city, suburbs as well as its neighbouring areas

The entire Mumbai city has come to a standstill following power outage owing to a grid failure on Monday morning around 9.50 am.

Scene at Mumbai’s CST station (ANI)
Scene at Mumbai’s CST station (ANI)

Supply has been affected in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane and other parts of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. The suburban train services have been completely stopped with Central and Western Railway suspending services due to power failure. Train services have also been suspended on the Central Railway since 10.05 am.

According to sources, there has been multiple tripping of lines and tranformer (Kalwa-Padge and Kharghar) affecting the Mumbai system. While there is no indication on when the supply will be restored, work is under progress.

Adani Electricity Mumbai Limited (AEML), which supplies power to major parts of Mumbai, said, “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.”

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

Meanwhile, outstation trains coming to the city are also impacted and are held up at multiple locations.“Mumbai Suburban trains @Central_Railway held up due to grid failure. We will update AS Soon As Possible. Kindly bear with us. Time 10.05hrs onwards. It’s not Overhead Equipment or Electrical Multiple Unit fault). Trains in Roha-Diva-JNPT sections are running.” tweeted Shivaji Sutar, chief public relation officer, Central Railway.

The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) tweeted, “The electric supply is interrupted due to TATAs incoming electric supply failure. Inconveniences is regretted.”

State energy minister Nitin Raut said that the Maharashtra Electricity Transmission Company was undertaking maintenance works at the 400KV Kalwa-Padga GIS Centre. “There was a technical error when maintenance works were on, affecting power supply in Mumbai and Thane region,” Raut said. He said the supply is expected to be restored in 45 minutes.

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