Many parts of Mumbai, adjoining cities suffer hour-long power cut as line trips

Many parts of Mumbai, adjoining cities suffer hour-long power cut as line trips

Mumbai: Tripping at an important substation feeding power to the megapolis led to a power cut of over one hour in many parts of the country’s financial capital on Tuesday, aggravating woes for people already battling sweltering heat amid a heat wave.
Lines at the Padgha substation located near Kalyan tripped at about 10 am, leading to a cascading impact that resulted in power disruption in large parts of the city, and adjoining parts in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region.
The power outage comes at a time when Maharashtra is reeling under a power deficit of 3,500 MW, which has resulted in the state discom being forced to carry out ‘load shedding’ or compulsory power cuts in pockets to manage the demand-supply situation and safeguard the grid.
Typically, pockets in the city and well-paying consumers in the adjoining areas do not face such load shedding, but there have been at least two instances in recent past where large scale disruptions did happen.
The financial capital had faced a power outage on October 12, 2020, which took up to 18 hours to get fully restored, while there was another incident in February this year on a weekend, which had also led to temporary stoppage of the suburban train services, considered as the city’s lifeline.
Areas in central Mumbai like Mahim and Dadar reported power outages from 10 AM, along with suburbs like Mulund and Bhandup, which are serviced by the state discom. Adjoining areas of Thane, Kalyan-Dombivili, Ambernath, Bhiwandi, Navi Mumbai and parts of the Palghar district also suffered as the load management in the face of disrupted supply led to suspension of supply, officials said.
Officials from the Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Company (MSETCL) started efforts to restore the supply to consumers on a weekday morning, but it took more than an hour for their efforts to bear fruit, officials said. It took some more time before the supply was fully restored at the residences and establishments of all the consumers, by around 1130 hrs. —PTI

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