Mumbai on Monday faced heavy interruption in electric supplies due to TATA’s incoming electric supply failure. However, this is not the first time that the city has witnessed massive power outrage.
Maharashtra witnessed one of the major power cuts in 2007 when several parts of the state, including Mumbai, were plunged into darkness due to grid failure.
The areas hit by the power snap in 2007 were Western Maharashtra and Konkan, several localities in Mumbai suburbs like Andheri, Kurla, Ghatkopar, Chembur and Mulund as also tier-II cities like Pune, Nashik and Ratnagiri.
Electricity supply in large parts of Greater Mumbai, serviced by the Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport undertaking (BEST) was also cut-off for over an hour following the failure.
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The other was in 2010, when the eastern suburbs of Bhandup, Mulund and Kanjur, and Thane and Navi Mumbai, which was getting 24 hours of the power supply under the zero power cut scheme, faced power cuts due to the shut down of Chandrapur thermal power station.
Only three weeks ago on September 23, many citizens in parts of the island city and the suburbs faced massive power cuts lasting two to 12 hours due to heavy rain and waterlogging at power substations.
The city also faced massive power failures five times in 1995 and one time in 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1983 and 1981 each, mainly due to the tripping of KV lines and grid failure.