Incessant rains lashing Mumbai since last night disrupted normal life resulting in suspension of train services on the busy Central, Harbour and Western lines due to water-logging of tracks and in low-lying areas. Thousands of commuters, bound for offices and other work places, were caught unaware at suburban stations around Mumbai as railways announced suspension of services. While Central line connects Mumbai CST to far-flung areas like Kasara, Badlapur, Ambernath etc., Harbour Line connects CST to Panvel. Western line starts from Churchgate and is recently extended up to Dahanu. In total, around 70-80 lakh people travel daily by local trains across all three lines, which are called as lifeline of Mumbai.
Railway sources said it is difficult to say by when the services would be resumed. The city has been battered by heavy rains since last night. Meanwhile, rain services on the Western line were also cancelled. Heavy water-logging was witnessed on the JP road stretch in Andheri West between the Indian Oil junction and four bungalow signal, the area below the Metro corridor on Andheri-Ghatkopar Link Road between Saki Naka and Asalfa, High JVPD area, some locations of the Santacruz Chembur Link Road among others. Sion, Santacruz, Andheri, Parel, Ghatkopar, Matunga and several other suburban areas are reportedly water-logged. Trains at Andheri railway station are said to be running till Bandra and not further. The trains plying on platforms for Churchgate are running till Borivli and Virar.
The railways have advised commuters to avoid travel in view of the situation unless it is very urgent.
“Suburban services are affected due to heavy rains and water-logging in several areas in Mumbai Central and Matunga. It is advised to all that commuters may travel only in case of emergency,” Western Railway stated in a release.
Flights affected as well
The operations from Juhu Airport are closed due to water logging on the runway, which was shut from 7am today and is expected to remain closed till 12pm. Though due to rains according to Juhu Airport Officials the flights weren’t scheduled for the day, K S L Narsimhan, Joint General Manager of Juhi Airport said, ” In normal condition 10 to 15 flights might have taken off up till now.”
The Juhu Airport being closed due flooded runway has made the oil rig workers and officers stranded there. “We are trying to pump the water out and hence expect movements to begin from noon,” added Narsimhan.
Meanwhile the arrival of flights from Mumbai CSI Airport are delayed by 10 minutes. Passengers are finding it difficult to reach the airport on time due to the limited transport available. The auto rickshaw drivers are charging double than the meter amount to drop ferry
School children advised to stay home, exams cancelled
Due to incessant rains and complaints of water logging coming from all over the city, parents have been advised to not send their children to school. MCGM circulated this message to schools–“As per Deputy Municipal Commissioner’s order, due to heavy rain all aided and unaided schools will be closed today. Inform parents and forward this message to all neighboring schools.”
Similarly, University of Mumbai too announced, on early Friday morning, that many of its examinations have been cancelled and postponed. “All theory and practical examinations of University of Mumbai on June 19 are postponed due to heavy rains. Further notice will be given on the university website for new dates,” Dinesh Bhonde Controller of Examination, MU. He added that some BA, Public policy and some practical exam of Msc have been postponed.
Courtesy : Mid day