The technical glitch on the western railway (WR), along with the rain, forced commuters to opt for road transport, leading to major traffic snarls across the city on Monday morning.
Heavy traffic was reported along the western express highway (WEH), link road, SV Road, LJ road in Mahim and parts of south Mumbai.
According to the traffic police, vehicles moved slowly on the northbound stretch from Aarey in Goregaon towards Khar owing to the rain.
Traffic snarls were reported on SV Road and LBS road, but the situation remained under control, said traffic police officer.
As the trains came to a stop at 11.30am, commuters walked to the nearest railway stations to board taxis or autorickshaws. “We were stuck in traffic for more than an hour at Haji Ali junction. The traffic was blocked for several kilometers. There was major traffic congestion on Pedder Road too,” said a commuter.
Motorists complained of traffic on Lalbaug flyover, eastern express highway, Dadar TT flyover and the stretch from Sion to Kalanagar junction.
There were reports of a minor accident involving a bus, which the traffic police refuted it. While the showers led to waterlogging in Khar on Sunday, no such complaint was received on Monday.
The traffic department directed senior inspectors and inspectors of divisions in the western suburbs to take stock of the situation and ease congestion.
The traffic was normalised around an hour later, said officials.