Rain hits Mumbai’s evening commute, traffic snarls on eastern, western expressways

Updated on Jul 18, 2017 03:38 PM IST

Mumbai city news: Among the worst hit areas was the Andheri subway, which had to be shut for traffic after it flooded

Vehicles stuck on JVLR on Monday.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
Vehicles stuck on JVLR on Monday.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

From Linking Road to the eastern and western expressways, heavy rain across the city brought traffic to a halt on all major routes — jams that began on Monday morning and continued till late at night.

Among the worst hit areas was the Andheri subway, which had to be shut for traffic after it flooded. This led to congestion at several other points that connect the suburbs’ east and west.

There was waterlogging reported at Linking Road in Bandra, SV Road and VM Road, while the Santacruz Chembur Link Road and the WEH reported slow moving traffic all through the day, especially in the evening.

There were long lines of vehicles on the Eastern Freeway and Eastern Express Highway in the evening.

In south Mumbai, motorists complained of a jammed JJ Flyover.

Vehicles navigate a flooded Kurla road. (Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
Vehicles navigate a flooded Kurla road. (Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)

In the morning, motorists complained of slow moving traffic between Borivli and Andheri on the Western Express Highway. The congestion got worse after two accidents on the WEH.

A mini-van toppled in Kandivli, blocking the path of vehicles. The traffic police moved the van and stopped buses and trucks from taking the flyover. It was 11am by the time vehicles started moving smoothly on this southbound stretch.

The second accident took place in Goregaon around 8am. A traffic police official said a car tyre burst, causing it to crash into the divider. The motorist was not injured, said the police but added that it slowed the movement of vehicles.

One commuter, Pravin Shetra, alerted officials and other commuters about waterlogging on the SV Road in Bandra. “Waterlogged SV Road in Bandra near National College bus stop. Cars take Linking Road,” he posted on Twitter. But despite the flooding, traffic moved smoothly on this route, compared to WEH.

A traffic snarl at JVLR on Monday. (Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
A traffic snarl at JVLR on Monday. (Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)

Slow-moving traffic was reported along the New Link Road in Oshiwara, Malad and Kandivli.

On the Eastern Express Highway, motorists were stuck between Thane and Vikhroli. Traffic moved slowly near the Amar Mahal junction owing to the renovation work on the flyover.

On the Eastern Freeway, motorists said there were no snarls between Govandi and south Mumbai in the morning, but as the rains continued, there was severe congestion on this stretch too.

South Mumbai also saw snarls, with motorists getting stuck between Annie Besant Road and Lala Lajpatrai Road while driving towards Peddar Road and Hughes Road.

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    Farhan Shaikh is a reporter with Hindustan Times, Mumbai. He writes for the crime and legal team, along with reportage on Mumbai traffic issues.

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