As the city received yet another dose of pre-monsoon showers, train services were affected once again while flights were grounded for 20 minutes at the airport on Friday. Interestingly, there have been no traffic jams due to the rains.
The rain caused two problems on the Central Railway – the first due to power outage between the Karjat and Pune section and the second due to an overhead cable problem on the Vashi-Mankhurd stretch. At both places, it was due to shortcomings in the electrical cables. Around 7pm there was a power outage in the main supply provided to CR near Karjat. The transmission lines suffered a problem due to which trains didn’t receive power supply, a CR official said on condition of anonymity.
During this period all long distance trains towards Pune were stuck. This was rectified only around 8.45 pm. On the Harbour line, trains were affected near Mankhurd due to OHE (overhead equipment) failure at 8.35 pm. “Trains were stuck for more than half-an-hour,” said Vani Rao, a commuter. “There was no power supply to the trains, which were running late by 25-30 minutes due to this,” said AK Singh, PRO, CR. The OHE wire was rectified around 9.45 pm.
On June 2, too, trains on the main line were affected due to problems with power supply and had affected services beyond Kalyan.At the airport, heavy rain grounded flights for 20 minutes on Friday evening. The airport operator shut both runways from 8.47 pm to 9.07 pm as visibility had dropped to 150 metres. Twelve city-bound flights carrying 1,200 passengers were diverted to airports such as Ahmedabad and Baroda. A Mumbai International Airport Limited spokesperson confirmed the disruption.
Airport officials said departures were delayed by around an hour. In addition to the drop in visibility, heavy winds made traffic chaotic.
Meanwhile, the Mumbai traffic police confirmed on Friday night that there were no traffic jams in the city due to the heavy rains.
According to the civic disaster management cell, the rains had caused no major water logging in the city.