Heavy rains continue to lash Mumbai, lead to traffic snarls, delayed trains
Mumbai city news: The BMC has also alerted citizens of a high-tide measuring 4.60 meters at 3.23 pm.mumbai Updated: Jun 29, 2017 08:43 IST
Mumbaiites woke up to dark clouds and heavy rains on the fourth consecutive day on Wednesday. Several netizens also expressed their fear of facing peak-hour commuting hassles by both, road and rail on Twitter. Trains were running late, and there were massive traffic snarls on the road.
On Tuesday, between 8am and 5.30pm, the Colaba weather station recorded 56.6mm rainfall and the Santacruz stationrecorded 40.9mm rainfall.
On an average, the eastern suburb of Mulund has been receiving more rainfall as compared to the western suburbs and the island city. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has also alerted citizens of a high-tide measuring 4.60 meters at 3.23 pm on Wednesday. Weathermen have estimated heavy rains till Friday.
Suburban trains were running late with services on the Harbour line being shut for 20 minutes at Mankhurd due to a technical problem, but this was sorted out immediately. Trains on Central railway were running 15 to 20 minutes late, while on the Western railway they were 5 to 10 minutes late.
Heavy traffic snarls were reported along the southbound stretch of the Western Express Highway, causing motorists severe delay in their travel time. Motorists complained of taking as much as an hour to cover the stretch between Dahisar and Andheri. To add trouble to the already chaotic stretch, an auto broke down in Goregaon area further slowing down the moving speed.
The Mumbai traffic police said the situation across the city is normal, however, the Western Express Highway has slow moving traffic on the southbound stretch. “While there are no reports of any accident along the stretch, the traffic is slow moving only because of rains,” said a traffic official. However Link Road in the western suburbs has also been affected due to the rains and the ongoing metro work, as the lanes have been reduced on the stretch.
The weather bureau issued a fresh prediction on Tuesday that the city can expect heavy to very heavy rain till Friday. Officials added that along with the southwest monsoon, other weather systems had made the monsoon pulse even stronger along the entire Konkan coast.
“The off-shore trough (low pressure area that pulls moisture) has weakened but still persists from south Gujarat to Kerala. Additionally, there is a mid-level circulation (weather depression) over south Gujarat. Both factors are pulling a lot of moisture from the Arabian Sea along the entire Konkan coastline,” said Shubhangi Bhute, director, Regional Meteorological Centre, India Meteorological Department (IMD). “Mumbai can expect heavy to very heavy rain till Friday.”