Mumbai and neighbouring areas might face power cuts today due to Cyclone Nisarga

On Tuesday, areas in Kalyan-Dombivli, Badlapur, Ambernath had faced power cuts and the supply was affected for more than two hours during the evening.

Mumbai and neighbouring areas might face power cuts today due to Cyclone Nisarga

With Cyclone Nisarga likely to reach the western coast by today afternoon, power supply companies such as BEST, Tata Power, Adani Electricity and MSEDCL among others are on alert. According to a report by the Times of India, sources in MSEDCL claimed that the electric supply firms will prefer to go ahead with a forced shutdown of transformers and feeders in the affected regions rather than facing any damages or electric fires.

According to another official, the power transmission and distribution companies have been in constant touch with the state disaster management teams in the wake of Cyclone Nisarga.

On Tuesday, there were power cuts in Thane, Kalyan-Dombivli, Badlapur, Ambernath and in some of these places the power supply was affected for more than two hours. According to officials, the supply was interrupted due to a technical glitch at Barave switching station. It is likely that areas in Kalyan-Dombivli will face power cuts today as a majority of power lines in the region are in open. The supply is said to be hit for an indefinite period.

In the meantime, a BEST official told the Times of India that their priority will be to restore power supply to hospitals, especially the power supply for COVID centres and quarantine zones in the city. The electric supply wing of BEST has already asked for additional manpower and has also kept several generators on standby.

Alongside, two other major power supply firms, Tata Power and Adani Electricity have also ensured their quick response teams are on standby.

In the meantime, keeping the cyclone in mind, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray imposed Section 144 in Mumbai for 24 hours on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, to ensure people's safety during the crisis.

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