Mumbai limps back to normal as train services, flights resume

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jun 20, 2015 16:24 IST

A day after heavy rains and flooding, life in Mumbai limped back to normal on Saturday, with train services restored on all three suburban lines.

Ignoring drizzles and an advisory to stay indoors, men and women streamed to suburban stations around the city to head for their offices and other places of work which remained shut on Friday because of the unusually heavy downpour.

A statement issued by the Central and Western Railway sections said all suburban services were running according to the normal schedule, including Harbour line and Trans-Harbour line of the Central Railway. There were, however, delays of 15-45 minutes on several occasions.

However, the Maharashtra government directed all schools and colleges in the city and neighbouring Thane district to stay closed on Saturday.

Banks, financial institutions, shops, business districts, trading areas and commercial establishments across the city started returning to normalcy with near-normal attendance on Saturday.

Video:Excessive rain paralyses Mumbai, people advised to stay indoors

All flights at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport on the domestic and international terminals are on schedule, an official spokesperson said.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted intermittent rain or showers and isolated spells of heavy to very heavy rainfall over the weekend.

VK Rajeev, IMD director (western region), said, “Like Friday, Mumbai, the Konkan and Goa are expected to receive heavy rainfall over the weekend.”

The IMD forecast and a likely high tide of 4.33m around 3.10pm on Saturday prompted civic chief Ajoy Mehta to ask citizens to remain indoors.

Heavy rains pummelled the country's financial capital and its suburbs on Friday. As the skies opened up, 283mm of rain, which is normally received in 10 days, was received in just 24 hours.

Life came to a grinding halt, with several areas of Mumbai waterlogged and local train services cancelled, leaving thousands of commuters stranded.

There have been around eight rain-related casualties, including three in Mumbai and the rest in other parts of Maharashtra so far.

Flooded roads in low-lying areas brought the movement of vehicles to a halt and authorities deployed more than 2,700 traffic police personnel amid chaotic scenes in areas such as Matunga, Kurla, Parel and Dadar. At several places, trees collapsed and vehicles broke down.

Wet airstrips, inconsistent runway visibility and subsequent bunching up of flight schedules slowed air traffic at the Mumbai airport.

Residents lashed out at the administration, questioning its claims of readiness to handle the rains after hundreds of crores of rupees were spent on water pumping stations and improving infrastructure.

"Mumbai Rains, not a shock to anyone around the world since the Big Bang except the #BMC...Who act like it’s the 1st time it pours every year," tweeted actor Ashwin Mushran.

(With agency inputs)

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