Reacting to PM Narendra Modi’s ‘light’ message,
Maharashtra Energy Minister
Nitin Raut on Friday said that switching off the lights can lead to bigger problems.
The Congress leader said, “If all lights are switched off at once it might lead to failure of the grid. All our emergency services will fail and it might take a week’s time to restore the power.”
He added, “Putting off the lights together at the same time can lead to a huge difference in demand and supply. Due to the lockdown, the demand has already decreased from 23,000 megawatt to 13,000 megawatt as factory units are not operating, and the electricity consumption is only recorded from homes and essential services.
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“Therefore, I would appeal to the public to light candles and lamps but without switching off lights. In the fight against
coronavirus pandemic, electricity is an important tool,” he said.
On Friday morning, PM Modi urged the entire nation to stand united in the fight against coronavirus. He said that at 9 pm on Sunday, all the citizens must switch off their lights and stand at their doors and balconies with candles, lamps and flashlights. He added that this will show the world the unity and resolve of Indians in the time of such a crisis.
He also urged citizens to follow social distancing and lockdown norms and be grateful to the doctors, paramedics, and other essential service providers for their continuous and selfless work.
In pictures: To keep coronavirus at bay, Mumbai Janta Curfew brings out a never-before-seen side of the city
Eerily Silent yet Together in Isolation
A city that never sleeps; a 24×7 city; a city that’s always on the move. Yet, on Sunday, March 22, 2020, Mumbai stopped and stayed at home in response to the PM’s appeal for a Janta Curfew – an attempt at social distancing during these times of the coronavirus. From 7am to 9pm, Mumbaikars were expected to stay home. The 14 hour self-imposed ‘curfew’, saw the city go eerily silent but together in isolation. Composite image of photos taken by Satish Malavade/ BCCL
Bandra Reclamation is always a flurry of activity but on Sunday it was largely deserted. Photo by Satish Malavade/ BCCL
Local Train at Borivali
Anyone who’s seen the Mumbai locals, even from a distance, knows that they are always packed to capacity, sometimes carrying way more people than they are meant to. Lakhs of people use the local train services daily. Borivali station on the Western line is one of the most busiest stations at any time of the day, but particularly during rush hour. Not today. Photo by Nilesh Wairkar/ BCCL
Two extremes within 24 hours at LTT station
On Friday, at the unreserved ticket window at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus in Kurla, there was scarcely any place to stand as thousands of workers and daily wage earners made a beeline for the station, in the hope that they could catch a train out of the city. On Sunday morning (image on the left), besides security personnel, there was no one in sight. Composite Image of photos taken by Raju Shelar and Sachin Haralkar/ BCCL.
Check Naka at Dahisar
Dahisar Check Naka is always choc-a-bloc. One of the few entry points into Mumbai, this toll plaza can be a nightmare during rush hour, delaying traffic and commuters as they wait patiently for the snaking line to move forward. This is a sight even the toll booth workers would never have imagined possible. Photo by Nilesh Wairkar/ BCCL
A deserted Borivali station
A lone security personnel walks at Borivali railway station on the Western line. The Western Railway had cancelled many passenger trains ahead of the Janta Curfew on Sunday. Photo by Nilesh Wairkar/ BCCL
Lokmanya Tilak Terminus
There is not a soul present at the long distance platforms at the Lokmanya Tilak Terminus in Kurla, which less than 24 hours earlier was bursting at the seams with people, monstly workers from the unorganised sector fleeing the city as Mumbai went into partial lockdown mode. From midnight, all passenger trains as well as local train services have been completely suspended, at least till March 31. Photo by Raju Shelar/ BCCL
Local Train Services Suspended
Monday will see unprecedented scenes in Mumbai as the suburban train network sees a complete shutdown, the first such suspension in decades. Photo by Nilesh Wairkar/ BCCL
Lone milkman at Bandra Bandstand
Though roads wore a deserted look, essential supplies are still allowed. This was the only milkman on the road in the morning on Sunday in Bandra Bandstand. Photo by Satish Malavade/ BCCL
Western Express Highway
This can easily be mistaken for a photo-shopped picture from a glossy brochure for a real estate company. Unbelievable how even a small stretch of the Western Express Highway saw absolutely no traffic. It’s what Mumbaikars living in the suburbs dreams of – a smooth WEH – spending less time in their cars on their way home or to office, especially on the Western Exress Highway, where Metro work has added more time to the daily commute. Photo by Nilesh Wairkar/ BCCL
Five Gardens in Matunga
A lush green, beautiful gem of Mumbai that is close to the Eastern Express Highway yet miles away from its usual noise and traffic. Five gardens is an idyllic group of gardens in Matunga near the Parsi colony. These open gyms that see many mornign walkers and fitness enthusiasts is empty today. Photo by Sachin Haralkar/ BCCL
Dadar station was manned by a lot of security personnel. The administration had already announced that noone except those who work in essential services will be allowed to board the locals, yet many who arrived in the city on outstation trains, were puzzled and delighted to see the platforms empty. Some weren’t even aware that there was a Janta Curfew in place. The police allowed them to board the local trains to their destinations, after taking down all their details in a register. Photo by Sachin Haralkar/ BCCL
Parel TT flyover
This is the heart of Mumbai’s new corporate culture – Parel, once home to the city’s mill lands has now turned into mix of old and new, where old chawls sit next to swanky sky-scrapers. Photo by Sachin Haralkar/ BCCL
Amar Mahal Junction, Chembur
Pollution levels here usually are above the safe limits, not just because of air pollution but also noise. This is a key junction and always jammed with a cacophony of horns usually the only constant here. Sunday must have brought the residents a lot of surprise and a lot of quiet. Photo by Deepak Turbhekar/ BCCL