Heavy rains lash parts of Mumbai; local train services hit
(Sourced from PTI)
Heavy rains lashed parts of Mumbai and its suburbs since early morning on Friday, leading to water-logging on tracks at a few places and affecting the local train services, officials said. The suburban trains on the Central Railway's mainline as well as the Harbour line are running 20 to 25 minutes behind their schedule, an official said.
The local train services are currently running only for personnel engaged in health and other essential services, and are out of bound for the general commuters in view of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. A civic official had said that the city has been witnessing downpour since early morning, but its suburbs have reported more rainfall.
In three hours ending 7 am, Mumbai's island city recorded 36 mm rainfall, whereas its eastern and western suburbs recorded 75 mm and 73 mm rainfall respectively. A Central Railway official said due to water-logging on tracks near Kurla Station in eastern Mumbai, suburban services on the mainline (between Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and Kurla) and Harbour line (CSMT-Vashi-Panvel) have been affected since morning.
"Due to heavy rains and water-logging on the slow lines near Kurla-Vidyavihar, local trains are running 20-25 minutes late," said Shivaji Sutar, Chief Public Relations Officer of the CR. "The slow line train traffic between Kurla-Vidyavihar has been diverted to the fast line," he said, adding that the locals on the Harbour line are also running 20-25 minutes behind schedule.
"However, trains are running as per their normal schedule on the Thane-Vashi Trans-Harbour route," he added. The Central Railway runs suburban services on four separate suburban corridors in the Mumbai metropolitan region. Before the outbreak of the pandemic, it used to operate over 1,700 suburban services and ferry over 40 lakh passengers on a daily basis.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) had earlier predicted moderate to heavy rainfall in the city and suburbs with the possibility of very heavy rainfall at the isolated places on Friday.