GRID FAILURE ..Mumbai put through another hell as power supply disrupted since morning


MUMBAI: The western metropolis, caught in the Covid-19 pandemic, went through another hell on Monday when there was massive power outage in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region since early in the morning. The supply was being restored gradually and in phases, officials said. 

The skeletal train services on both the central and western railway lines remained suspended since morning, and most essential services across the city lay paralysed through the day. Much of the supply was restored by late evening. The city is badly caught in the Covid pandemic for the past six months, and normal life is still a far cry. 

Maintenance work was going on in state electricity transmission company’s 400 kv Kalwa-Padgha centre. A technical fault occurred in circuit number 2, which was taking the entire load at the time, officials said.

After the Covid pandemic stopped the train services, the railway networks are ferrying only health and essential service workers to their home or destintations, and these too were affected on Monday due to the power outage. 

Water supply was affected in several areas. Full restoration of water supply is expected by Tuesday afternoon, and officials asked people to use water judiciously for two days. “There was central level failure at Kalwa. Hospitals worked on emergency mode. Flight services were not affected,” officials said.  

Officials said the circuit 1 at 400 KV Kalwa-Padgha GIS stopped working early in the morning, around 4.30am, due to over voltage. Later in the day, the entire load was shifted to circuit II. IHN-NN



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