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Blackouts, load-shedding hits parts of Mumbai

A sudden power crisis gripped Mumbai Tuesday with several areas in the city and suburbs experiencing temporary blackouts and rotational load-shedding.

The erratic supply was on account of tripping of Tata Power’s 500 MW Trombay Power Station Unit No.5 at around 9.45 a.m., a Tata Power official said.

“This tripping has resulted in load reduction in (some) areas. We are working towards an early resolution and will ensure power supply at the earliest,” the official said.

The power blackout hit business, commercial operations in many parts of Mumbai besides inconveniencing lakhs of people in residential areas.

The areas affected include business districts of Bandra, Andheri-Saki Naka, Kurla, Parel, Mahalaxmi, and the residential areas of Juhu, Dharavi, Chembur and Grant Road in Mumbai, Santacruz, Ghatkopar, Tilak Nagar and Vikhroli.

Reliance Energy informed through social media network that it is in constant touch with Tata Power to ensure restoration of normalcy at the earliest.

The BEST, which supplies power to southern Mumbai, said that after tripping, Tata Power had cut off supply to various feeder units which resulted in load-shedding.

As soon as Tata Power restores supply, the feeders will be switched on to ensure normal supply, BEST officials added.

On its part, Tata Power has not indicated when normalcy would be restored though it assured it was “working towards an early resolution and will ensure power supply to these areas at the earliest”.

The nearly 17 million population of Mumbai gets its normal power supply through Reliance Energy, Tata Power and BEST.

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