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Small shower leads to big mess

It didn’t rain much on Wednesday morning, but what little rain came down led to water-logging and traffic congestion in many parts of the city.

mumbai Updated: Jul 07, 2011 01:12 IST
HT Correspondent

It didn’t rain much on Wednesday morning, but what little rain came down led to water-logging and traffic congestion in many parts of the city.

To make matters worse, train services were disrupted on both the central and the western lines.

Motorists have to contend with traffic snarls during the morning peak hours.

The traffic police said traffic was slow moving along Zari Road in Saki Naka, LBS Marg in Kurla, Milan subway, Vashi Naka in Chembur, the Western Express Highway along with the Eastern Express Highway.

“The condition of the roads is a big problem. Motorists drive slowly when there are potholes. The construction of the monorail at Vashi Naka and the metro rail at Saki Naka ensure these areas face perpetual traffic jams, and this gets worsens when it rains,” a traffic police officer said, requesting anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media.

“Also, many vehicles break down and by the time they are moved to the side of the road, there is traffic blockage.”

Many motorists prefer to driver slower than usual to avoid skidding, the officer explained.

Authorities with the Western Railway (WR) insisted that train services were not disrupted because of the rain, though Central Railway (CR) officials said it was possible that trains on the central line were going slowly for safety reasons because it was raining.

“There are certain stretches where speed restrictions are assigned when it rains. We have to also strengthen the power supply to signals top improve visibility, and if that’s not done, trains move slowly,” said an official, on condition of anonymity.

Officially, though, there was no problem. “There wasn’t any problem in services due to rains,” said V Malegaonkar, chief PRO, CR.

The WR authorities attributed the disruption to the repair of tracks at Andheri since the past two days.

Trains were running late by 10 minutes and the slow corridor towards Churchgate was the worst affected.

“There is some fault in the layout of the tracks so work is being carried out,” said an official, on condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media.

Tracks close to the yard next to the harbour lines at Andheri station are being repaired.

There were also speed restrictions on this stretch.

“It is common practice to have speed restrictions during maintenance. In fact though it’s raining, our punctuality of services is 50% more efficient as compared to last year,” said S Chandrayan, chief PRO of the WR.