Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray today yet again ensured that Mumbai reached new heights, which is a living testament of his administrative skills. After Mumbai reached the pinnacle when it comes to the cases of the Wuhan coronavirus, it has now had the longest power-cut since 1997.
As the maximum city geared up to head into the new week, it was met with a rude shock as it was forced to come to a standstill due to a power cut across the city.
“The electric supply is interrupted due to TATAs incoming electric supply failure. Inconveniences are regretted,” wrote BEST Electricity on Twitter.
The power outage began in the wee hours of Monday with the entire city deprived of power. Till the time of writing this article, many parts of the city are still without power, with most of the areas seeing electricity restored for a short period before being snapped yet again. The situation is the same even in some areas of Thane and Navi Mumbai.
Credit where due, Maharashtra’s Energy Minister Nitin Raut did live up to his word. In April, during Prime Minister Modi’s call to switch off lights and light candles for the healthcare workers for nine minutes, Raut displayed his understanding of the subject by claiming that if everyone switched off their lights at the same time, there will be a massive power grid failure and it will take a week to restore power. Seven months later, Raut’s warnings did come true, albeit not because of PM Modi’s call for ‘9Baje9 minute’. Eminent faces from the Opposition who had also joined Raut’s bandwagon and donned the hat o energy experts like Shashi Tharoor and Jairam Ramesh are currently missing in action.
There is a reason why Mumbai is known as the maximum city with 24/7 electricity as this is one of the major reasons behind the city earning its tag of the ‘city that never sleeps’. The Uddhav Thackeray administration has certainly broken some huge records today by ensuring Mumbai and parts of Thane, and Navi Mumbai are deprived of power with the usual hustle and bustle coming to a stop along with the economic activity.
On the lighter note, the living embodiment of work from home, Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray has given a much-needed respite to the people who are currently working from home as the power cut will ensure they will get to experience a long weekend.
Thackeray, who rarely leaves the comfort of Matoshree, has added to his list of achievements. Be it the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic, Palghar Sadhu lynchings, Sushant Singh Rajput, Aarey, and now the power grid failure, Uddhav Thackeray just can’t stop proving his mettle.