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Celebrities Urge Public to Stay Calm as Mumbai Faces Major Power Outage

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As Mumbai faced a massive power outage on Monday, affecting nearly 50 lakh homes and operational businesses, celebrities from the Hindi film industry on Twitter urged people to maintain calm.

Power supply was later gradually restored. 

Reacting to the incident, veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan tweeted: “T 3688 – Entire city in power outage .. somehow managing this message .. keep calm all shall be well ..”

Announcing that internet dongles were working, he wrote: “T 368 – .. Dongles working .. Vodafone is working for me ..”

Director Kunal Kohli asked residents to stay calm and tweeted, “Another #power tussle in Mumbai?! #powercut #poweroutage stay calm, there’s truly no shortage of #power in Mumbai.”

While actor Raveena Tandon asked the public to “chill and relax with a candle-lit lunch”, Abhishek Bachchan shared a meme about how the power cut is unsurprising, considering how 2020 has turned out so far.

Surprised at the sudden power outage, veteran actor Anupam Kher reacted to the incident with a shocked emoji.

“Hi retrograde Mercury! Missed you #MumbaiPowerFailure,” wrote The Lunchbox actor Nimrat Kaur,  while actor Nikita Dutta wrote: “Power cut and 9 percent phone battery. What fun!”

On Monday morning, Mumbai was brought to a standstill after power went off across the city. The Indian Express reported that suburban train services were shut down for nearly two hours, forcing commuters to switch to other modes of transport. Water supply was impacted at the city’s suburbs. The Bombay High Court had to postpone hearings, while traffic signals stopped functioning. 

According to Maharashtra’s power minister Nitin Raut, electricity supply was interrupted around 10 am due to maintenance and repair work at Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Company’s 400 kv Kalwa-Padgha Centre.

In a tweet, he explained that the power outages in Thane, Palghar and Navi Mumbai were caused because the Kalwa-Padgha transmission line tripped.

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