Mantralaya loses power for 25 minutes
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Many parts of Nariman Point were rendered powerless for 25 minutes on Friday afternoon after a transformer near Mantralaya tripped.
The Mantralaya annexe houses offices of Home Minister R R Patil, Industries Minister Narayan Rane, Water Resources Minister Sunil Tatkare and Minister for Food and Civil Supplies Anil Deshmukh. None of the ministers was in office at the time of the power cut.
Deshmukh esacped the heat by 15 minutes. Panic struck employees at Mantralaya, the power centre of the state, as the shutdown brought back memories of a fire four months ago.
BMC-run BEST, which supplies power to the island city, said the transformer tripped at 2.45 pm.
Supply was restored in most parts within five minutes, but it took another 20 minutes before state secretariat employees could feel relieved.
"The reason (for the transformer tripping) could be overdrawing, we are still checking. Once it trips, it immediately shuts down. We restored Mantralaya power within 25 minutes," said V B Vaidya, BEST PRO.
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