Mumbai Power Cut Live Updates: Uddhav Thackeray takes serious cognizance; orders probe

Mumbai Power Cut Live Updates:Train services came to a halt in Mumbai on Monday as a grid failure resulted in massive power outages in the city. (Express photo by Ganesh Shirsekar)

Mumbai Power Cut Live News Updates: After several parts of Mumbai suffered a massive power outage on Monday morning, Tata Power released a statement explaining the reasons for the power outage and expressed regret for the inconvenience caused to the customers. The company stated that the electricity failure started at 10 am in the morning due to tripping of MSETCL’s 400 KV transmission system at Kalwa which supplies to Mumbai and adjoining areas.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday took serious cognisance of the power outage in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) and ordered an immediate probe into it.

State Energy Minister Nitin Raut said the reasons behind the technical snag that caused power failure in parts of the MMR will be probed once the electricity supply is restored. Thackeray discussed the issue with Raut and asked him to make immediate efforts to restore supply in the MMR. An official statement said the chief minister took serious note of the power outage and ordered an immediate probe into it.

Train services came to a halt in Mumbai on Monday morning after a grid failure resulted in massive power outages in the city. Power outages were reported from suburbs like Thane, Panvel, Dombivili and Kalyan as well.

With work-from-home becoming the norm across the services sector, employee output was impacted as the homes do not have power back-ups like institutional bodies. However, a few were not so lucky, like the employees working in an upscale business complex in central Mumbai who found themselves stuck in an elevator during times of social distancing. After a few jittery minutes, they were evacuated.  In June 2018, there was a widespread power outage in the city and adjoining areas due to a technical glitch and also led to sustained period of load-shedding for some consumers. (PTI)

After several parts of Mumbai suffered a massive power outage on Monday morning, Tata Power released a statement explaining the reasons for the power outage and expressed regret for the inconvenience caused to the customers. The company stated that the electricity failure started at 10 am in the morning due to tripping of MSETCL’s 400 KV transmission system at Kalwa which supplies to Mumbai and adjoining areas.

“Based on the preliminary assessment of the situation, Tata Power would like to inform that today many parts of Mumbai experienced an unforeseen electricity failure starting at 10 am in the morning due to tripping of MSETCL’s 400 KV transmission system at Kalwa which supplies to Mumbai and adjoining areas. MSETCLs 400kV Pune-Kalwa line was under forced shutdown since yesterday due to R-Y phase fault. It is understood that MSETCL had taken emergency shutdown for 400 KV Kalwa- Padghe line -1 at 6.54hrs today morning to attend fault and was expected to be revived by 09:30hr, but could not revive it. As understood, at 09:58hrs 400kV Kalwa-Padghe-2 carrying 633 MW tripped. The flow on Pune-Kharghar rose upto 900MW and tripped at 10:00hrs resulting in load drop in Mumbai system. Mumbai’s islanding system that saves the city from major power outages was separated, however, it could not hold as additional 900MW load dropped at 10:05hrs.”, the statement added.

Power outages were reported from suburbs like Thane, Panvel, Dombivili and Kalyan in morning today. BSE and NSE, the benchmark stock exchanges, which are based in the city, also reported power outages, but added that their operations were continuing normally. 

Train services came to a halt, homes and businesses were without electricity and people sweltered in humid heat as a grid failure resulted in massive power outages across Mumbai Monday morning. As the day progressed, power restoration efforts began on war footing. Trains have started to resume operations, beginning with CR’s Harbour Line. The trains are carrying only essential services workers at present, which helped minimise the passenger inconvenience.

Railway services across city on the Western Railway and Central Railway came to a grinding halt at 1005 hrs as a result of the power outage, with both the networks blaming power cut from Tata Power (their power supplier) for it. State’s Power Minister Nitin Raut said the trouble emanated from Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Company (MSETCL) facilities during planned maintenance work. Tata Power, which is into both generation and distribution, attributed the power 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. (PTI)

Large power cuts such as the one that hit Mumbai and neighbouring areas on Monday (October 12) morning can be dangerous events for those affected. In addition to inconveniencing households and those trying to use public transport, vital hospital systems, students’ exams and court hearings were impacted in Mumbai following a failure of the power supply grid.

On Monday morning around 50 lakh homes and operational business around Mumbai suffered power cuts.

In the middle of the peak hour, Mumbai’s suburban train services were brought to a standstill for over two hours, forcing commuters, mainly essential commuters, to either switch to other means of transport, or to abandon their travel plans for the day. Hearings at the Bombay High Court were deferred. Domestic water supply to households located at the far ends of the water supply network was impacted. Traffic signals lost power in Mumbai.

Tata Power Monday said there was “simultaneous substation tripping” at state-run MSETCL’s two facilities, which led to a major power outage in Mumbai and surrounding areas, PTI reported.

It said the tripping at the Karwa and Kharghar sub-stations at 1010 hours caused a dip in the frequency in the Mumbai transmission system, leading to the tripping of power supply.

Trains came to a halt and other activity was also grounded due to what was labelled as a grid failure by officials.

Several parts of Mumbai faced a power outage Monday morning, which prompted plenty of reactions on social media, including memes and jokes.

State energy minister Nitin Raut said a technical failure in one of the circuits of a 400 KV line of the Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Company Limited had resulted in the power cut.

As business and daily life came to a standstill in the financial capital, many took to Twitter to share memes and jokes, and #powercut dominated trends on Twitter.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray Monday took serious cognizance of the power outage in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region and directed an immediate inquiry into the incident, a statement from the Chief Minister’s Office stated. “Thackeray discussed the power outage with Minister for Energy Nitin Raut and directed that immediate efforts be made to restore power supply. CM has also directed to inquire into the technical faults behind the complete power outage in Mumbai and those who are responsible for it,” it read.

Power has been restored at Mumbra in Thane, Churchgate area, Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, and at the Bombay High Court.

A press release stated that suburban trains on Central Railway were held up due to grid failure from 10:05 am on October 12. Electricity was restored on harbour lines from 10:55 am and electricity on main line was restored at 12:26 pm.

Meanwhile, following long distance special trains were rescheduled due to power outage.

01055 LTT-Gorakhpur at 1200 hrs02542 LTT-Gorakhpur at1215 hrs06345 LTT-Thiruvananthapuram at1240 hrs01061 LTT-Darbhanga at 1315 hrs01071 LTT-Varanasi at 1340 hrs

At Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus in Mumbai. (Express photo by Ganesh Shirsekar)

Maharashtra Energy Minister Nitin Raut on Monday said the power supply in Mumbai and Thane will be restored in next one hour, PTI reported.

The electricity supply was interrupted during maintenance and repair work at circuit one of 400 KV GIS centre, he said.

‘Repair and maintenance work was underway at Circuit 1 of 400 KV GIS centre and the entire load was put on Circuit 2. However, sudden technical failure in circuit 2 resulted in power being affected in most of the parts of Mumbai and Thane,’ Raut said.

At the Palm Beach traffic signal in Mumbai. (Express photo by Amit Chakraborty)

After an hour of massive power outage in several parts of Mumbai, electricity supply was gradually restored in a few areas, including Kharghar in Navi Mumbai, Churchgate in South Mumbai and Mumbra in Thane on Monday afternoon. Efforts are underway to resume services in other affected locations.

Business and daily life in the financial capital as well as train services in several areas came to a grinding halt this morning after a failure in the central grid of TATA Power at Kalwa hit Adani and BEST electricity distribution services in the city. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had said that it would take “45 min to 1 hour to restore the supply”.