As rain recedes, recovery is slow, patchy

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jun 21, 2015 00:29 IST

A day after it was hit by the heaviest rainfall since July 26, 2005, Mumbai began its slow return to normalcy on Saturday. However, several areas remained waterlogged and transport services continued to be affected.

One person died when a tree fell on him, while a civic contractor’s labourer has been reported missing. Civic officials said they received complaints of waterlogging at 25 spots and 54 fallen trees.

South Mumbai received 32.49mm of rainfall, while the suburbs received 21.48mm. But the after-effects of Friday’s downpour meant that trains services could not be fully restored, while four BEST routes had to be diverted because of waterlogging.

Central Railway (CR) operated its Sunday schedule, which meant that 1,318 of the usual 1,618 services were available. The Western Railway (WR), meanwhile, cancelled 60 services as not all its trains were available.

Friday’s torrential rain damaged electrical components in 15 suburban trains – five from CR and 10 from WR. “Six out of our 10 affected trains were repaired and re-inducted by Saturday morning, while the remaining four will be ready by Sunday morning. By Monday, all services will return to normal,” said Shailendra Kumar, divisional railway manager of Western Railway’s Mumbai division.

A technical failure at Mahim on Saturday morning and a point failure at Dadar at 2.10pm also delayed WR trains. On CR, suburban trains were delayed to make way for long-distance trains. Services to and from Kasara were affected when the engine of a long-distance train failed at 8.20am at Asangaon.

“There will be no Sunday block, but we will operate the usual Sunday timetable, with 20% fewer services. We expect all services to return next week, provided there is no unusual flooding on the tracks,” said Narendra Patil, chief public relations officer, CR. Meanwhile, BEST operated 3,700 services on Saturday, of which ran on schedule, according to an official.

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