As pre-monsoon showers hit Mumbai on Thursday evening, the city’s unpreparedness for the upcoming rains was exposed. While waterlogging in certain areas caused traffic snarls, suburban and outstation train services on the Central Railway (CR) were partially disrupted due to disturbance in the electricity supply near Kalyan.
According to the civic disaster management cell, there was waterlogging at 17 places, including Goregaon, P D'mello Road, Malad and Dadar. Civic officials said the waterlogging was due to the topography of certain areas, but insisted that the water receded fast.
Meanwhile, trains on CR were running late by over 15 minutes in the evening and officials said it was difficult for them to ascertain the exact cause of the power tripping. They were yet to find out whether the problem was with an overhead cable or at the main transmission line itself.
The showers, however, provided Mumbaiites with respite from the heat and humidity. According to the India Meteoro-logical Department (IMD), Colaba received 7mm of rainfall and Santacruz received 7.2mm on Thursday.
With June 10 being the date of onset of monsoon in the city, officials from the IMD said the city would continue to receive pre-monsoon showers till then.