A major grid failure sent country’s financial capital, Mumbai, into a two-hour blackout, affecting essential services. On Monday, Mumbai and the neighbouring areas witnessed a power outage. It was first such blackout in over two years. The power outage stranded trains deferred college exams and affected COVID-19 hospitals. The power was restored in several areas of the city after two hours. The power supply was interrupted at 10:05 am.

“Power cut across the Mumbai Metropolitan Region due to grid failure,” the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport Agency (BEST) wrote on Twitter. BEST mentioned that the blackout was due to “grid failure at Padgha – Kalwa”.  “The electric supply is interrupted due to TATAs incoming electric supply failure. Inconvenience is regretted,” it said in another tweet. Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray had ordered an inquiry.

During the power failure, the state government asked the suppliers to provide uninterrupted electricity to hospitals, as many of them had COVID-19 patients. Meanwhile, Mumbai’s civic body also announced helpline numbers for the residents.

Social media was flooded with pictures and videos of passengers stranded inside unlit trains. People were even seen walking on railway tracks.

The Mumbai University had to defer exams to Sunday due to the blackout. “All students are hereby informed that due to massive power breakdown all over Maharashtra and as the extent and time of power outage can’t be assessed, all UG and PG examination are being rescheduled to Sunday, October 18. The timings will remain the same,” said Hemlata Bagl, Principal KC College, Cluster Head university Examinations 2020.

However, Mumbai’s international airport and the two main stock exchanges- National Stock Exchange and BSE, said they were functional.