Mumbai On Pause After Huge Power Outage
Large parts of Mumbai and its suburbs are facing a power failure, due to which several trains have been held up. The outage, according to the city’s electricity supply board, is because of the “TATAs incoming electric supply failure”. Traffic signals at some areas too have stopped working.
Mumbai airport and the stock exchange are functional.
Western Railway said the breakdown is due to a grid failure at Tata Power. Commuters were seen walking on rail tracks.
Such a large-scale power failure is unprecedented for the country’s financial capital. The electricity supply, interrupted at 10:05 am, is expected to be restored in 45 minutes to an hour, the authorities said.
“The electric supply is interrupted due to TATAs incoming electric supply failure. Inconvenience is regretted,” Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) tweeted.
“Due to a technical glitch in Circuit 2 of the Kalva-Padghe powerhouse, the regions between Thane and Mumbai are facing a power cut. Our staff is working on it and power will be restored in an hour or 45 minutes,” Maharashtra Energy Minister Nitin Raut said. “It will be restored in approximately an hour,” M Raut tweeted at 11:35 am.
The city’s civic body has asked hospitals to ensure there is enough supply of diesel for at least eight hours to avoid power failures, especially in the ICUs.
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