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Mumbai power cut

Date: 13 October 2020 Tags: Infrastructure

Issue

Large power cut hit Mumbai and its surrounding areas on October 12. This was one of the largest incidents of power failure in recent times.

 

Background

 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.

 

Details

  • The power outage was caused by a technical failure in one of the power supply circuits at the Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Company Limited’s 400 KV supply station at Kalwa-Padgha near Thane.

  • 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.

  • Power generators were used for conducting the state’s common entrance test exams, with the first shift of exams being given between 9.30 am to 12.30 pm amid the power outage. Ongoing final year online exams in several colleges could not be conducted due to the outage.

  • Power outages in the commercial capital and its satellite towns are rare as compared to some other areas in the state.

  • This is because the western power grid that serves these areas is designed to supply efficient 24X7 supply to cater to the needs of India’s financial nerve.

  • A major power outage across the city and peripheral areas has not been witnessed for several years. This is why it is a rare event.