Power supply restored in most parts of Mumbai; CM orders probe on power outage

Electricity supply was restored in most parts of Mumbai and suburbs after an unprecedented large scale power outage disrupted life in the city during peak hours on Monday, officials from power distributions companies said.

After directing Maharashtra’s state’s energy minister Nitin Rane to immediately resolve the issue, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has ordered an inquiry into the power failure in the country’s financial capital.

A senior government official said, “The CM has taken cognisance of the matter and ordered an inquiry to identify the problem and fix responsibility for the incidence.”

On Monday morning, Mumbai and its suburbs, Thane, Raigad and Palghar areas witnessed a power cut due to grid failure.

A BEST Undertaking spokesperson told ET that power supply was restored in Colaba, Fort, Esplanade, Carnac Bunder area, Backbay Reclamation and Grant Road areas of Mumbai and work was on for restoring power to other areas.

A spokesperson from Adani Electricity Mumbai (AEML) told ET that they have restored power to almost 90% of their customers.

“Due to transmission network failure outside of our system at around 10.05 am this morning, the power grid saw outages across utilities in Mumbai. However, AEML distribution system operated islanding facility successfully and continued successfully power supply to vital installations with the help of Dahanu Thermal Power Station (DTPS). We wish we had more power for which we are dependent on grid input. The power supplies to remaining consumers of AEML are being restored in phased manner as input power is being restored by grid operations of Maharashtra”, said Adani in a statement.

Tata Power said that it has been progressively restoring power supply to all its consumers starting 12 noon and has restored it fully. The company said earlier in the day that it is working on restoration of power. “At 10.10 am there was simultaneous substation tripping in MSETCL’s Kalwa, Kharghar causing a huge dip in frequency in the Mumbai transmission system which led to tripping of Mumbai power supply. Restoration work is in progress to bring supply from the three Hydro units and Trombay units once the MSETCL transmission lines are connected.”

Central Railways said that the power supply was restored on the main CR line at 12.26 IST.

The Western Railways said that services on suburban train service was restored between Chruchgate and Borivali, after power supply was restored in around 12.20 IST; services between Borivali and Virar were already on before that.

(With inputs from: Krishna Thevar)

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