Trains, traffic hit in Mumbai due to heavy rainfall

Mumbai : The monsoon hit Mumbai with full fury on Wednesday, throwing local trains and road traffic out of gear and water logging the streets of the Mumbai, officials said here.

Since morning, large parts of Mumbai, adjoining Thane, witnessed heavy rains. In Mumbai and suburbs several roads were flooded, the Central Railway and Western Railway suburban services were hit on the mainline and harbor lines.

CR Spokesperson Shivaji Sutar said that due to the water-logging all services on the Harbour Line between Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and Vashi (Navi Mumbai) were suspended.

Similarly, due to flooded tracks near Kurla, the mainline services between Thane-CSMT were suspended, though the CR operated shuttles between Thane-Karjat, Thane-Kasara and Vashi-Panvel sectors.

However, the western railway officials said that due to waterlogging at Wadala station, all Harbour Line trains on the Andheri-CSMT routes were suspended till further notice, and water pumps were deployed to drain out the excess water from the railway tracks.

Eastern Express Highway, Western Express Highway, major roads like S V Road in the west and LBS Marg in the east besides other roads and lanes were flooded with hampering vehicular movement and resulting in traffic snarls.

In some parts of Malad, Khar, Kurla water seeped into building compounds or ground floor flats as rain accompanied by thunder, lightning and strong winds lashed the city.

The BMC recorded around 50-mm rains in the city, 67-mm in eastern suburbs and 49-mm in the western suburbs, with a forecast of cloudy weather with more rains, thundershowers and very heavy rainfall in some areas during the day.