Large parts of Mumbai and its suburbs are facing a power failure, due to which several trains have been held up. The outage, according to the city’s electricity supply board, is because of the “TATAs incoming electric supply failure”. Traffic signals at some areas too have stopped working.
Western Railway said the breakdown is due to a grid failure at Tata Power. Commuters were seen walking on rail tracks.
Such a large-scale power failure is unprecedented for the country’s financial capital. The electricity supply, interrupted at 10:05 am, is expected to be restored in 45 minutes to an hour, the authorities said.
“The electric supply is interrupted due to TATAs incoming electric supply failure. Inconvenience is regretted,” Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) tweeted.
Several suburban trains on the central line and the western line have been suspended.
“Mumbai suburban trains on CR held up due to grid failure. We will update ASAP. Kindly bear with us,” Central Railways tweeted.
Mumbai Suburban trains on CR held up due to grid failure. We will update ASAP. Kindly bear with us.
— Central Railway (@Central_Railway) October 12, 2020
1/2. In view of interruption in Traction power at 10.05 hrs due to Grid failure of Tata Power company, services btwn Churchgate & Borivili are suspended. It shall be resumed as soon as traction power supply is restored.
Commuters are requested to cooperate @drmbct@RailMinIndia
— Western Railway (@WesternRly) October 12, 2020
Adani Electricity, a major power supplier in the cityi, said is it “currently supplying to critical services in Mumbai”. Multiple operators, including the state-run BEST, Adani Electricity and Tata Power supply power to the city.
Within minutes of the outage, people took to social media. Hashtags such as #powercut, #Mumbai and #poweroutage started trending on Twitter.
“Has everyone’s electricity gone?! I …what is going on? #Mumbai,” a user tweeted.
Another user wrote: “Wow the whole of Mumbai has an electricity cut and suddenly no one can take it anymore.”
Some were clueless with sudden outage. “Is it like a citywide powercut? #Mumbai #electricity,” read a tweet.