On Monday evening, many parts of Mumbai were plunged into darkness due to a “technical problem.” The interruption follows a string of power outages in the financial capital over the last month. Owing to a severe electricity deficit that prompted the state discom MSEDCL to implement load-shedding in numerous districts of Maharashtra.
Bandra, Santacruz, and Chembur, as well as parts of downtown Mumbai like Dadar, experienced a 15-minute interruption starting at 2130 hours. Adani Electricity Mumbai stated rival Tata Power’s equipment failed at the Dharavi receiving station, affecting 1.8 lakh of its customers.
Tata Power attempted to blame the Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Company, stating that the power outage lasted approximately 7 minutes.
“There was an incident of power tripping today for a very short period of time due to tripping of 220kV MSETCL OLTS protection at their Trombay Receiving Station… giving shutdown to 160 MegaWatts load at Tata Power’s Dharavi Receiving Station,” an official spokesperson said.
The state-run Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) undertaking. Which had experienced several outages in areas served by it. Had said about ten days ago that the ongoing heatwave is causing extra demand from consumers. Which is causing disruptions because supply cannot keep up with demand.
“Due to large increase in the temperature. People are using Air Conditioner, coolers, fans and more, resulting in heavy demand. And consumption of electricity due to which. It may affect network and generates cable or feeder faults across the island city”. A spokesperson for the civic body-run undertaking had said.
Since the state government admitted to a 3,000 MW shortfall in February. The city has experienced outages on many occasions during the previous month.