Yet another dose of pre-monsoon showers sent the city into a whirl of traffic snarls, waterlogging, tree collapses and train delays on Saturday evening.
An officer from the Mumbai traffic police control room said, “There were traffic snarls on the Andheri-Kurla road and a bottleneck near JB Nagar junction at Chakala. However, our staff soon got the traffic moving again.” According to the traffic police, around 1,500 policemen were on the roads trying to manage traffic with the holidays of many officers cancelled for the day.
Ganesh Iyer, a resident of Oshiwara, said, “The entire stretch from Andheri East to West was choked. It took more than an hour to reach Oshiwara from Chakala.”
Traffic snarls were also witnessed in the Gandhi market area of King’s Circle, SV Road at Bandra and Bhandup and Kurla stretch of LBS Marg, the officer said. Some parts of Lalbaug also saw slow moving traffic.
At some of these places traffic came to halt for around 10 minutes following which the congestion was eased with the help of traffic police.
Additional commissioner of police (traffic) Brijesh Singh said, “We were prepared for this kind of downpour. We had taken several measures like positioning towing vans on flyovers where CNG powered taxis normally fail during the monsoons.”
The railways saw minor waterlogging near railway stations in Kurla, Dadar and Sion while tree collapse incidents occurred in Wadala, Mahim and Kurla. The city’s lifeline, the suburban railway, too, continued to show its vulnerability as a signal failure at Chunabhatti station on the harbour line at 3 pm forced the Central Railway to cancel a couple of services as well as delay all services by 15 to 20 minutes. AK Singh, senior public relation officer of CR said services on the harbour line suffered delays.
“As this is the pre-monsoon rainfall, all dust settled on roads or footpaths including leaves and grass flows into drains and clogs them,” said Laxman Vhatkar, chief engineer of the civic storm water drain department.
The Western Railway was also running late by 10 to 15 minutes but officials denied it. Sharat Chandrayan, chief PRO of WR said, “Our trains were running on time.” BEST bus services were not affected.
Meanwhile, tree falling incidents occurred at Ghatkopar, Kurla, Wadala, Mahim, Andheri, Marol. A car was damaged in a tree fall near Wadala bus depot. In the last 24 hours, the island city in Colaba recorded 18mm rainfall while in the suburbs (Santacruz) recorded 35mm pre-monsoon rainfall.
Since June 1, Colaba has received 21.8mm rainfall and Santacruz 74mm.