Residents sweat it out after snag hits Kalwa substation in Thane
Residents of Kalwa, Thane, Mulund and Navi Mumbai faced major power cuts on Friday because of a technical snag in the Kalwa substation of the Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Company Limited (Mahatransco).
The company said the problem might continue for an entire week.
The repair work on the substation was carried out throughout the day, leading to constant power fluctuations in the areas. The power company has informed that the technical snag is due to an increase in power demand for the past few days.
The residents though were put through a nightmare when the power supply was cut off since Thursday night.
An official from Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd. (MSEDCL), said, “We have a 400 and 200 kv (kilovolt) substations of Mahatransco at Kalwa, which supplies power to Naupada, Kopri, Vitawa, Kalwa, Khopat and Mulund along with Vashi, Airoli, Ghansoli, Rabale, Turbhe MIDC, Kopar Khairne and Thane-Belapur Industrial Estate in Navi Mumbai. On Thursday night, the power supplied from these substations was stopped due to a major technical snag and the work of repair on these stations began immediately.”
The substations cover a vast area, due to which, the load keeps on fluctuating, he added. “The load on the substation keeps on changing constantly during summer. We are doing our best to maintain a balance between the demand and the supply.”
On Thursday, the demand increased, leading to some technical snag.
“We started repair work on Thursday night and will go on till Saturday. This will lead to irregular power supply in most areas for the next few days,” he said.
The Mahatransco has claimed that the irregular supply might continue for a week.
An official from Mahatransco said, “The cable of one of the unit is completely burned. The transformer of one of the unit is burned. We will need one week to replace the cable completely while the transformer will take another 40 days. However, we are trying to replan the distribution network and manage the supply area-wise. People might experience irregular supply for a week. We appeal to residents to use power wisely to ease the load off the system.”
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The power cuts hit the residence and business in Thane and Navi Mumbai. The residents of Kalwa and Navi Mumbai areas did not have power for the entire night.
Rahul Shellar, a resident of Naupada, said, “The power supply was cut off for more than three hours on Thursday night without prior notice. We were clueless about the reason. We tried to reach out to the authorities through a Facebook live and narrate our problems to them.”
Vashi, Nerul, Palm Beach road, Kharghar, Kamothe, Sanpada, CBD Belapur, Ulwe and Seawoods are among the many areas which have been affected.
Vishwajeet Bhosale public relations officer (PRO) of MSEB said, “ The fire was massive. The entire power unit has been destroyed, affecting the power supply in parts of the Mumbai Metropolitan region (MMR). The cables have been badly destroyed.”
“ We are trying our best to solve the problem but it would take at least 30-40 days to resolve it completely. Until then, consumers would have to bear with us, as power cuts might happen often,” he added.