Heavy rain disrupts normal life in Mumbai
Mumbai: Heavy rains continued to lash Mumbai and most parts of Maharashtra for the second consecutive day on Friday.
Road and rail traffic has been affected in Mumbai since Friday morning, hitting the office-bound commuters.
Meanwhile during the day, the Central Railway was badly affected due to water logging at places especially Thane-Kalwa and other areas. The rail tracks were partly submerged forcing the railway authorities to divert the train services from slow line to fast tracks.
Meanwhile during the day, the Central Railway was badly affected due to water logging at places especially at Thane-Kalwa and other areas. The rail tracks were partly submerged forcing the railway authorities to divert the trains from slow line to fast tracks.
BMC officials claimed that the sewer drains in Mumbai can take up showers to the tune of 50 mm but beyond that the water will overflow causing water logging on roads and other parts of the city. There were water logging at several parts of the city and suburbs like Parel, Hindmata, Kurla, Ghatkopar, Andheri, Kandivali and near subways.
There were traffic jams on the eastern and western express highways as vehicles moved at snails’ pace. In the last 24 hours (till 8 am) Colaba received 30.2mm rainfall while Santacruz got 35.4mm rainfall.
However, owing to heavy rains in northwest Maharashtra and south Gujarat, train services on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad and Mumbai-New Delhi sectors were affected since early Friday, according to officials.
Valsad in south Gujarat was among the worst-hit with two feet water-logging in the station, preventing movement of local and long-distance trains.
A railway official said that several trains in both directions on the two routes (Mumbai-Ahmedabad and Mumbai-New Delhi) have been regulated at various stations until the water levels recede.
Weather Bureau Director VK Rajeev said that heavy rains are expected to continue lashing Mumbai, coastal Konkan and other parts of the state for the next two days.