Massive power failure in Mumbai; CM Thackeray orders an inquiry

Cm Uddhav Thackeray

Mumbai : Amid the power outage in the state capital Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai due to grid failure, supply was gradually restored in some parts, including Mumbai Central, Byculla, Tardeo, Andheri, Bhandup, Vikhroli, Church gate, Sion, Chembur and Belapur areas. Train services were also restored on both Central and Western Railway lines.

The chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday took the issue very seriously and ordered an immediate probe into it. The minister for Energy Minister Nitin Raut also 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.

The chief minister reportedly also instructed BMC Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal to make alternate arrangements so that power supply to hospitals is intact. He also instructed the state chief secretary to ensure that the control rooms and fire brigade are alert to see there are no other mishaps due to power outage.

On the other hand, the union Power Minister RK Singh said a central team is being sent to the financial capital to find out the cause of the outage. “The power supply in Mumbai has been restored substantially, out of 2000 MW which went off, about 1900 MW has been restored, the remaining will be restored soon. The national grid is fine, the problem happened in some parts of the state grid,” the union minister said.

Power outage in Mumbai on Monday brought the local trains, considered as the city’s lifeline, to a standstill for nearly two-and-a-half hours, causing hardships to commuters. The outage, according to the city’s electricity supply board, was because of the failure of a power grid. Traffic signals at some areas too stopped working. The power supply has been restored in most parts of the city. Mumbai airport and the stock exchange were functional amid the outage.

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