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Power outage in parts of Mumbai and suburbs like Thane amid deficit in Maharashtra

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Mumbai: Many pockets in the financial capital and its adjoining suburbs witnessed a power outage on Tuesday morning. Reasons for the outage, which comes at a time when the state is reeling under power deficit, which has led discoms to compulsorily cut power supply to some pockets, were not immediately known.

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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 Dombivili faced a power outage from around 10 am, as per various reports.

The power cuts occurred after Kalva Pagda transmission line tripped and parts of western and central suburbs and Navi Mumbai have been witnessing power cut, Maharashtra discoms officials confirmed to sources.

“Padga substation is a 400 KV MSEDCL substation. At around 40-45 min ago, due to line tripping at the station , power supply to Bhiwandi, Dombivali, Thane, Kalyan and other areas of Mumbai Metropolitan Region was cut. MSEDCL officials and other officials are present on the spot,” Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) told sources, adding that the power in these areas will be restored within next 30 minutes.

“In order to maintain grid balance load shedding might be initiated. Power will be restored once the MSETCL line gets energised,” the spokesperson said, adding that efforts are on to restore power supply.

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Many of the affected areas had started reporting restoration of power after about 70-80 minutes.

The financial capital generally does not face any mandatory power cuts as part of load shedding, but has faced troubles in the past, including a disruption that lasted up to 18 hours in October 2020.

Heat waves across several parts of India, the consequent increase in power demand, and fears of a coal shortage have triggered planned blackouts in at least seven states in the country, and experts worry that at least some parts of India could face a serious power crisis this summer.

Maharashtra is facing a severe power crisis due to shortage of coal coupled with private plants reducing their power supply with power demand soaring to 24,800 MW this year, from 22,000 MW last year around this period. “The load shedding is inevitable as the demand for power has increased sharply due to summer,” said state energy minister Nitin Raut.

Demand for power, and coal, increased as temperatures rose to 42.6 degrees Celsius on April 20, the hottest (for the day) in five years, according to the India Meteorological Department. The national average maximum temperature reached almost 33.2 degree Celsius in March, the highest on record since authorities started collecting the data in 1901.

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