Mumbai Outage Dominates Twitter Trends, Powers Memes

Large parts of Mumbai are facing a power failure due to disruption in “incoming electric supply”.(File)


As large parts of the “Maximum City” face unprecedented and widespread power outage due to “TATA’s incoming electric supply failure”, Mumbai residents took to the social media sharing witty memes with a side of political sarcasm.

“Electricity gayaab (gone) across Mumbai. Unprecedented. Mumbai plunges into darkness. Could it be those tunnels?” asked writer Shobhaa De as others checked if “everyone’s electricity had gone?”.

Within minutes of the outage, people took to social media. Hashtags such as #powercut, #Mumbai and #poweroutage, among others, started trending on Twitter.

Some Twitter users used the power outage in Mumbai city and its sub urban areas to point out how consistent city’s electricity supply has been over the years. Others poked fun with political memes and commentary. 

The electricity supply, interrupted at 10:05 am, was expected to be restored in 45 minutes to an hour for the metropolis, the authorities said.

“Due to a technical glitch in Circuit 2 of the Kalva-Padghe powerhouse, the regions between Thane and Mumbai are facing a power cut. Our staff is working on it and power will be restored in an hour or 45 minutes,” Maharashtra Energy Minister Nitin Raut said.

Delighted by the large-scale and unprecedented power cut which even stopped Mumbai’s train service – halted for the first time during the nationwide coronavirus lockdown – people rejoiced that those working and studying from home amid the pandemic would get to take a break.

Adani Electricity, a major power supplier in the cityi, 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.

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. 

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