As large parts of Mumbai and its suburban areas face unprecedented and widespread power outage due to "TATA's incoming electric supply failure", residents and Bollywood celebrities took to the social media sharing concerns even as power suppliers assured supply for "critical services".
Within minutes of the outage, people took to the social media. Hashtags such as #powercut, #Mumbai, #NaviMumbai and #poweroutage, among others, started trending on Twitter.
The electricity supply was interrupted at 10:05 am and expected to be restored in 45 minutes to an hour for the metropolis according to the authorities. Maharashtra Energy Minister Nitin Raut has now said it would another hour for the supply to be restored.
Mumbai-Thane-Kalyan power failure is being attended to.— Dr. Nitin Raut (@NitinRaut_INC) October 12, 2020
Kalwa- padgha transmissions line got tripped,
hence Thane- Palghar, New Mumbai power is off. Consequently, cascading the power failure to Mumbai-Thane & Mumbai suburban city.
It will be restored in approximately an hour.
T 3688 - Entire city in power outage .. somehow managing this message .. keep calm all shall be well ..— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) October 12, 2020
Adani Electricity, a major power supplier in the city, 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.
AEML is currently supplying to critical services in Mumbai Around 385MW through AEML Dahanu generation. Our teams are working to restore the supply in the affected areas at the earliest. We regret the inconvenience caused. (2/2)— Adani Electricity (@Adani_Elec_Mum) October 12, 2020
Some Twitter users used the power outage in Mumbai city and its sub-urban areas to point out how consistent the electricity supply has been over the years. Others poked fun with political memes and commentary.
It's hard to get things done in Mumbai without power. Also...the electricity is gone.— Vir Das (@thevirdas) October 12, 2020
This is a good time to appreciate 24x7 electricity in Mumbai. Stuff we take for granted. #powercut— Anupam Gupta (@b50) October 12, 2020
Delighted by the power cut which even stopped Mumbai's train service - discontinued for the first time ever during the nationwide coronavirus lockdown earlier this year - people rejoiced that those working and studying from home amid the pandemic would get to take a break. Online classes and work was affected in absence of power backup at many homes disrupting internet connectivity.
The power outage also left the posh south Mumbai areas without creature comforts with residents of the city's sub urban areas - where power supply disruptions are routine - sharing their delight with the situation.
Tickled by the flood of jokes, industrialist and Mumbai resident Anand Mahindra - known for being vocal on the social media on a variety of issues - said even though Mumbai's power lines had tripped humour lines on the internet were intact and moving. He also celebrated Mumbai's famed resilience in face of all adversity with another tweet of football players readying for a game, using hashtag MondayMorning.
Mumbai power line trips. Humour lines on the Internet are intact & moving at the speed of light... pic.twitter.com/qi7phM2OKp— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) October 12, 2020