#MumbaiRains are back with the chaos. Last few days were a big relief for Mumbaikars due to less rainfall but today, suburban train services on western and central lines were hit today due to the water-logging in some parts following heavy showers.
Some express trains of Western Railway were cancelled due to water-logging while local train services of Central Railway were suspended for a short while 10 between Kurla and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) after tracks got submerged between Sion and Kurla.
During the last 24 hours, Colaba in south Mumbai received 15.8 mm rainfall while Santacruz weather station recorded 61 mm downpour.
The heavy rains affected the suburban train operations since morning. “We are having good to very good clouding at the offshores and expect good rainfall in next 48 hours,” IMD Mumbai centre’s director V K Rajiv said.
“Efforts are on to restore the services,” senior PRO Western Railway Gajanan Mahatpurkar said.
Meanwhile, suburban trains services were suspended for nearly 10 minutes at around 10.15 AM between Kurla and CST after tracks submerged between Sion and Kurla, according to a statement by the Central Railway. The CR’s suburban services were also hit due to the heavy rains and running 15 to 20 minutes late.
“There has been no cancellation of Express trains on account of rains. However, our suburban services are running late by 15 to 20 minutes,” Central Railway PRO A K Singh said.
“There have been reports of water-logging on tracks near Kurla, Sion, Thane that have slowed down the speed of suburban trains,” another official said.
According to BMC’s disaster management control room, there was a traffic jam on Western Express Highway and few BEST buses were diverted on some routes, including at Chembur and Matunga. Palghar District Collector Abhijit Bhangar declared a holiday in schools and other educational institutions in the taluka on account of heavy rains.
People were tweeting regarding the #MumbaiRains incident on Twitter:
Western, Central(Main) & Central (Harbour) all 3 lines running half an hour late due to waterlogging. #MumbaiRains
— Jitendra Dixit (@jitendradixit) July 21, 2015
— Renita (@curly_wurlygirl) July 21, 2015
— Priti Gandhi (@MrsGandhi) July 21, 2015
— manoj (@ManojG7) July 21, 2015
Some people tried to add humor.
About to cross Malad Subway. If i don't make it through please tell my parents that I died doing what I love.. Motorboating. #MumbaiRains
— That Goan Boy (@schmmuck) July 21, 2015
#MumbaiRains are so romantic! After hours of waiting, you got down on your knees, popped da question until one Autowala finally said 'YES'
— Akhri Pasta (@TheLitttleLiar) July 21, 2015
Government Railway Police Control said the rains have caused delays or cancelations of several trains. The Meteorological Department has predicted the rain to continue for the next 24 hours.