Today, Uddhav Thackeray the Chief Minister of Maharashtra ordered to investigate immediately into a major grid failure that resulted in a massive power outage in Mumbai. As per PTI reports, the power outage has led to the suspension of suburban train services which led to a halt in India’s financial capital. Local trains, considered the city’s lifeline, were hit for nearly two-and-a-half hours, causing hardships to commuters, railway officials said.
However, despite the massive outage, the two main stock exchanges of the city, the National Stock Exchange and the Bombay Stock Exchange were working normally. The power supply in Mumbai was restored after the process started at 12 pm, said Tata Power. Since 10 am, many homes were devoid of electricity.
However, as per reports from The Indian Express, efforts are being made to provide the outage electricity in the affected locations. Nitin Raut, Energy minister of the state also said that the cause behind the technical snag would be investigated.
According to an official statement, Uddhav Thackeray took serious note of the power outage. He instructed BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal to prepare for an alternate arrangement so that power supply in hospitals are intact. Many hospitals are treating coronavirus patients at present.
Moreover, the true reason behind the massive power outage is not yet clear. The Western Railway and the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport, the state-run discom supplying power to the city, blamed Tata Power. Multiple trippings of power lines were originally cited as the reason behind the power outage in Mumbai. Juhu, Andheri, Mira Road, Navi Mumbai, Thane and Panvel were among the areas that were majorly affected.
Another major power suppliers of Mumbai, Adani Power Limited said that through its Dahanu power station they are providing around 385 megawatts to critical services.