MUMBAI: The financial capital Mumbai again suffered a power outage on Monday evening, but this time it was disrupted for a long time as there was a technical fault at Tata’s receiving station in Dharavi. Outages were reported from the western suburbs of the city.
Suburbs like posh area Bandra, Santacruz and Chembur, and pockets in central Mumbai such as Dadar reported the outage for over 15 minutes starting at 2130 hrs. Adani Electricity Mumbai said 1.8 lakh consumers serviced by it were impacted because rival Tata Power’s equipment failed at the Dharavi receiving station.
With the city sweltering under soaring temperatures, the power cuts saw people flooding Twitter with angry messages.
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Only two weeks ago, many pockets in the financial capital and its suburbs witnessed a power outage. Some parts of central Mumbai, along with suburbs like Bhandup and Mulund within the municipal limits of Mumbai, and the adjoining cities of Thane and Dombivli faced a power outage from around 10 am.
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A technical fault at Tata’s receiving station in Dharavi was said to be the reason behind the outages.
Tata Power, in a statement, said it was a short power cut, only for around seven minutes.
“There was an incident of power tripping today for a very short time (around 7-minutes) due to tripping of 220kV MSETCL OLTS protection at their Trombay Receiving Station, giving shutdown to 160MW load at Tata Power’s Dharavi Receiving Station. However, the power supply was quickly restored by Tata Power. The power tripping happened at 2130 hrs and it was restored at 2137 hrs today i.e. 9th May 2022,” read the statement.
This comes just two weeks after the city’s suburbs and surrounding areas saw a blackout for over an hour.
India saw its worst electricity shortage last month in more than six years amid scorching temperatures with the leap in power demand left the country scrambling for coal, the dominant fuel used in electricity generation in the country.
“Due to the large rise in temperature, people are overusing ACs and fans, resulting in sudden huge demand and power consumption. This can affect the network and cause cable or feeder faults throughout the island city. A spokesperson of the civic body-run Undertaking had said. The city has suffered several times in February this year and in comparison to the previous month as the state government has accepted a shortfall of around 3,000 MW.