Students were among those most affected by the traffic mess in Mumbai on Wednesday - the aftermath of the train derailment coupled with Ganeshotsav preparations. Classrooms reported low attendance and some colleges had to cancel tests.
“I was late to college as I had to change trains around five times from Mira Road and Churchgate. They were very slow and it took me three hours to cover the distance that normally takes me around 45minutes,” said Aprameya Rao,a student of KC College.
Prateik Waghela, a student from DJ Sanghvi College, Vile Parle, who travelled to the suburbs from the city, said. “I thought trains will be on schedule this morning so I left for college at my usual time. However, the trains late and so I missed an important lecture.”
Colleges said classrooms were near-empty, with traffic disruptions affecting attendance. “A lot of students could not make it as they were stranded. Such delays disrupt the academic curriculum, especially when teachers are visiting faculties,” said Manjula Shrinivas, head of the department of mass media, KC College.
“We had to reschedule an important test as many students could not make it,” said Minal Mehta, a professor from Lala Lajpatrai College, Haji Ali.
Office goers too had a tough time reaching their work places. “I travelled to work by bike and was stuck in heavy traffic owing to Ganesh Chaturthi preparations. It took me an hour and 15 minutes to reach Pali Hill from Worli via Mahim Causeway, a journey that otherwise takes 30 minutes,” said Ryaan Pereira.
Sajid Contractor, who travelled to Andheri from Mumbai Central, said, “Apart from shelling a huge amount of money as taxi fate, I also reached late to work.”
The BEST ran 52 additional buses that helped some. “I took a BEST bus to Santacruz and made it to work in time,” said Sir JJ Road Marg resident Arib Chougley.