Photos: Power grid failure brings Mumbai to a halt

A rare citywide power outage paralysed Mumbai on October 12, halting local train services, disrupting work from home for millions and affecting exams and hospital services. Tata Power, which is into both generation and distribution, attributed the outage to a simultaneous substation tripping at 1010 hrs at state-run transmission company MSETCL's two substations in the suburbs of Kalwa and Kharghar. Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray ordered an immediate probe into the outage and a central team comprising officials from the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) is also being sent to investigate the incident.

Updated On Oct 13, 2020 11:29 AM IST
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Commuters ride past the Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) railway station in Mumbai on October 12. India’s financial capital saw its massive power outage because of a grid failure, disrupting transport networks, delaying exams and affecting civic health services. (Dhiraj Singh / Bloomberg)
Updated on Oct 13, 2020 11:29 AM IST

Commuters ride past the Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) railway station in Mumbai on October 12. India’s financial capital saw its massive power outage because of a grid failure, disrupting transport networks, delaying exams and affecting civic health services. (Dhiraj Singh / Bloomberg)

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Emergency lights being used at a medical store during a grid failure in Mumbai on October 12. The grid failure was caused by “technical problems” during maintenance work, Maharashtra energy minister Nitin Raut said. In mid 2018, a fire at a transformer sparked similar power cuts in the city and its suburbs. (Bhushan Koyande/ HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 13, 2020 11:29 AM IST

Emergency lights being used at a medical store during a grid failure in Mumbai on October 12. The grid failure was caused by “technical problems” during maintenance work, Maharashtra energy minister Nitin Raut said. In mid 2018, a fire at a transformer sparked similar power cuts in the city and its suburbs. (Bhushan Koyande/ HT Photo)

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Commuters waiting for services to resume at Prabhadevi station in Mumbai on October 12. Travellers in the morning found themselves stranded after local train services came to a complete standstill for more than two hours owing to the power outage. Those travelling by road were also severely affected after 700 traffic signals across the city stopped functioning. (Anshuman Poyrekar / HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 13, 2020 11:29 AM IST

Commuters waiting for services to resume at Prabhadevi station in Mumbai on October 12. Travellers in the morning found themselves stranded after local train services came to a complete standstill for more than two hours owing to the power outage. Those travelling by road were also severely affected after 700 traffic signals across the city stopped functioning. (Anshuman Poyrekar / HT Photo)

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Commuters take to walking on railway tracks after trains were stranded due to the disruption, at Mumbai Central in Mumbai on October 12. While the outage caused disruption in local services, no outstation train was stranded. Meanwhile, with signals and CCTV cameras ceasing to function, traffic police personnel faced difficulties in manning the traffic. (Bhushan Koyande/ HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 13, 2020 11:29 AM IST

Commuters take to walking on railway tracks after trains were stranded due to the disruption, at Mumbai Central in Mumbai on October 12. While the outage caused disruption in local services, no outstation train was stranded. Meanwhile, with signals and CCTV cameras ceasing to function, traffic police personnel faced difficulties in manning the traffic. (Bhushan Koyande/ HT Photo)

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A person using a mobile phone in a candle-lit room during the power outage, at Thane in Mumbai on October 12. The widespread power cut also led to a rocky start for those beginning the week working from home. With no access to power backup or WiFi networks, people working remotely were forced to postpone meetings and deadlines. (Praful Gangurde / HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 13, 2020 11:29 AM IST

A person using a mobile phone in a candle-lit room during the power outage, at Thane in Mumbai on October 12. The widespread power cut also led to a rocky start for those beginning the week working from home. With no access to power backup or WiFi networks, people working remotely were forced to postpone meetings and deadlines. (Praful Gangurde / HT Photo)

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People at a restaurant during lunchtime at Bandra during the grid failure in Mumbai on October 12. Throughout the breakdown, Mumbai’s international airport and the country’s two main stock exchanges located in the city, the National Stock Exchange and BSE, operated normally, their spokespeople told Reuters. (Vijayanand Gupta / HT Photo)
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People at a restaurant during lunchtime at Bandra during the grid failure in Mumbai on October 12. Throughout the breakdown, Mumbai’s international airport and the country’s two main stock exchanges located in the city, the National Stock Exchange and BSE, operated normally, their spokespeople told Reuters. (Vijayanand Gupta / HT Photo)

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A salesman attempts to start a generator outside his shop after the grid failure in Mumbai on October 12. The power failure in the city led to several schools cancelling their exams while many others cancelled online classes and special events. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) directed all hospitals and jumbo Covid-19 facilities to use their power back up to operate ventilators and intensive care units (ICUs) for all patients. (Mitesh Bhuvad / PTI)
Updated on Oct 13, 2020 11:29 AM IST

A salesman attempts to start a generator outside his shop after the grid failure in Mumbai on October 12. The power failure in the city led to several schools cancelling their exams while many others cancelled online classes and special events. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) directed all hospitals and jumbo Covid-19 facilities to use their power back up to operate ventilators and intensive care units (ICUs) for all patients. (Mitesh Bhuvad / PTI)

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Commuters wait outside for a petrol pump to reopen after the grid failure in Mumbai on October 12. Power restoration efforts began on “war footing” and pocket-wise resumption in supply was started around 12 noon onwards, nearly two hours after the outage. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray took serious cognisance of a massive power outage in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) and ordered an immediate probe. (Bhushan Koyande/ HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 13, 2020 11:29 AM IST

Commuters wait outside for a petrol pump to reopen after the grid failure in Mumbai on October 12. Power restoration efforts began on “war footing” and pocket-wise resumption in supply was started around 12 noon onwards, nearly two hours after the outage. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray took serious cognisance of a massive power outage in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) and ordered an immediate probe. (Bhushan Koyande/ HT Photo)

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