The heavy rain since Tuesday morning slowed down traffic across the city. The Western Express Highway was the worst affected with southbound traffic moving slowly till afternoon.
Motorists complained of bumper-to-bumper traffic between Kandivli and Bandra till 2 pm. The route between Santacruz airport and Bandra on the WEH saw traffic slowed down to a crawl in the afternoon till 4 pm.
In the western suburbs, while the Linking Road was a respite for motorists who were struggling to reach their destination, SV Road was a difficult ride for many. Around noon, the northern region of the city saw heavy traffic in Kandivli and Malad areas on the SV Road and after noon, motorists were caught up in traffic jams from Amboli to Irla on the stretch.
The situation at Andheri-Kurla Road worsened through the course of the day as the stretch went from slow-moving traffic to heavy congestion. Vakola and Santacruz-Chembur Link Road also reported traffic snarls.
Further towards the island city, LJ Road in Mahim, Dadar TT and Lalbaug Flyover along with Peddar Road had slow traffic movement.
“I usually take 20 minutes to reach my workplace but today [Tuesday], I took 40 minutes to reach my workplace,” said Ayesha, a media professional.
Several motorists also took to Twitter complaining about the increasing traffic snarls but not everyone blamed the heavy downpour.
Ashish Raikar said, “The city is about to explode with the traffic jams everywhere.The rains are not to be blamed. It’s the roads.”
Priyanka Gharat said, “Stupid decision by @mtptraffic (that) closed the entry to Kherwadi-Bandra flyover for crowds coming from Sion. Massive jam. (sic)”
The Mumbai traffic police said they were keeping a check on the situation and deployed traffic police personnel on congested routes to ease the traffic movement. The traffic situation however remained unchanged at major routes until evening peak hours.
Traffic snarls were reported from different parts of Thane. The Mumbai-Nashik Highway was jammed till Anjur Phata while the traffic was also moving slowly near Vitawa Subway. Congestion was also seen on some internal roads in the city.Meanwhile, the current water stock in the seven lakes providing water to the city is 14,36,035 million litres as against its full storage capacity of 14,47,363. The civic body’s lake level data shows that 99.22 per cent of the lake level is full and there is sufficient water for the citizens till next July.