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Mumbai Rains: Waterlogging Affects Rail & Road Traffic; IMD Forecasts More Showers In Next 24 Hrs

The local train services, considered as the lifeline of Mumbai, were affected mainly on the main and harbour corridors of the Central Railway due to water- logging on tracks near Kurla, slowing down train movement, rail sources said.

Weather: Monsoon rains in Mumbai
School students with their guardians wade through a flooded street following heavy monsoon rains, in Mumbai, Tuesday, July 5, 2022. (PTI Photo)

Mumbai: Normal life was affected in Mumbai on Tuesday as heavy rains lashed the city and its adjoining areas. Large parts of the financial capital of India witnessed waterlogging which caused traffic snarls and also affected movement of the local trains as railway tracks got inundated.

Mumbai and its suburbs are likely to receive more rain over the next 24 hours as the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted moderate to heavy rain, with a possibility of very heavy downpour at isolated places, civic officials said.

South Mumbai received an average 95.81 mm rainfall in the 24 hour period ending at 8 am on Tuesday, while the eastern and western suburbs recorded 115.09 mm and 116.73 mm rainfall, respectively, during the same period, they said.

Between 8 am and 11.30 am on Tuesday, the island city received an average 41 mm rainfall, while the eastern and western suburbs got 85 mm and 55 mm showers, respectively, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials said.

Weather: Monsoon rains in Mumbai
A local train runs on flooded tracks between Kurla and Tilak Nagar, following heavy monsoon rains, in Mumbai, Tuesday, July 5, 2022. (PTI Photo)

Local Train Services Affected

The local train services were affected mainly on the main and harbour corridors of the Central Railway due to waterlogging on tracks near Kurla, slowing down train movement, PTI quoted its rail sources as saying.

There was a bunching of trains on the main line as they approached the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) in south Mumbai. There was flooding on the tracks along the Central Railway route’s Sion, Kurla, Tilak Nagar, and Wadala sectors.

Additionally, some travellers reported about heavy waterlogging in various subways at Panvel, Khandeshwar, and Mansarovar stations on the Harbour line in neighbouring Navi Mumbai.

The local train service is considered the lifeline of Mumbai as over 75 lakh commuters from the city and neighbouring districts travel in them every day.

Weather: Monsoon rains in Mumbai
A man pushes his scooter through a flooded street following heavy monsoon rains, in Mumbai, Tuesday, July 5, 2022. (PTI Photo)

Traffic Snarls, Buses Diverted, Subways Closed

Due to flooding in Sion, Chembur, Bandra, Air India Colony, Kurla, and a few other sites, the BEST enterprise, which operates public bus services in Mumbai and neighbouring towns, was forced to reroute its buses via different routes, an official said.

A road near the Sadhna High School in the Sion neighbourhood of central Mumbai was closed owing to waterlogging up to 1.5 feet, according to the Mumbai traffic police. According to them, traffic was rerouted through the Sion junction.

Four arterial subways in the north-west part of Mumbai had to be closed for traffic. These subways, namely Golibar, Milan, Andheri and Malad connect the east and west stretches of the north-western suburbs, which are otherwise divided by Western Railway tracks.

There was also waterlogging of up to one feet near the Santacruz railway station, resulting in slow vehicular movement, PTI quoted police as saying.

The vehicular movement was slow at Dadar TT, Parel TT, Sakkar Panchayat Chowk, Wadala in central Mumbai, Tembi bridge in Chembur, and near the Mankhurd railway station due to water rising up to one to two feet, they said.

Traffic police personnel were deployed at various locations to avoid vehicular congestion due to the heavy rains, an official said.

Citizens also complained of waterlogging at the Gandhi Market, areas in Kurla and Dharavi, resulting in problems for motorists and pedestrians.

Alert For Next Few Days

The IMD has also predicted heavy to very heavy rain in neighbouring Thane district for the next few days. On Monday, the IMD had issued a ‘yellow alert’ for Mumbai and Thane, predicting heavy to very heavy rain at isolated places over the next five days.

(With PTI Inputs)