A video of the MSETCL state official clinging to wires at great heights to resolve a line fault near Khandala prompted industrialist Anand Mahindra to promise to be more circumspect when complaining about electricity services in the future.
He was responding to a video shared by the Maharashtra Information Center, New Delhi’s deputy director, Dayanand Kamble, showing a worker resolving a failure in the high voltage transmission line that carries power to the financial capital.
“I will think and pray for the safety of these intrepid people before I complain again,” wrote Mahindra as he retweeted the video on Saturday.
I will think and pray for the safety of these audacious Aramaeans before I complain again …https://t.co/XcoxO4AD7j
– anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) October 17, 2020
Filmed on a clear day in the section of the ghat that separates the Western Ghats from the Konkan coast in the Khandala region, the 55-second video shows a worker sliding down a wire, possibly to reach the exact location of a fault.
Mr Kamble said this is the fourth day of a problem-solving operation carried out by state MSETCL officials and added that the failure in this line was the main reason for the power outage faced by finance capital on Monday.
The president and managing director of the Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Company (MSETCL), Dinesh Waghmare, said earlier this week that a cable carrying power from Talegaon near Pune, on the Deccan Plateau, to the Kalwa substation outside Mumbai, he had “physically broken” the days leading up to the interruption.
Mr. Waghmare classified the region in which the failure occurred as mountainous and hostile from an approach perspective, due to which the problem could not be resolved immediately and the line was closed. At the same time, three other lines supplying power to Kalwa were closed or shut down, which led to the collapse of the grid.
At the moment, state-owned MSETCL and the private sector Tata Power are in a blame game that led to the huge power outage that took more than 14 hours to resolve. MSETCL says the islanding system could not be triggered because Tata’s generation started too late, while Tata blames a cascade shutdown of the circuits for the failure.