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Heavy rains paralyse life in Mumbai

Heavy rains paralyse life in Mumbai
Heavy rains on Wednesday lashed the metropolis, severely disrupting road, rail and suburban train services and inconveniencing lakhs of commuters and office goers. ‘There is a traffic jam due to water logging in suburban Dadar, Parel, Chembur and LBS Marg in Ghatkopar. The Andheri subway has been closed down completely due to water logging. We have been getting distress calls from citizens right from the morning,’ a senior Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) said.
Traffic came to a halt on the Western Express Highway and on roads leading to the domestic airport from Kherwadi junction.

Mumbai suburban trains, the city’s life line was worst-hit due to water logging on tracks, delaying local services upto more than a hour on some routes. ‘There a few locations on the central railway like Kurla, Ghatkopar, Vikhroli and Bhandup where water has flooded the tracks and hence the main line is running late by about 20-25 minutes,’ a rail official said.

There is severe water logging on the Harbour line at stations like Kurla, which has resulted in the delay of train services by more than a hour, he said. Several commuters were stranded for hours due to the rail traffic halt between Kurla and Chunabhatti stations, another official said.
However, train services on the Western line are running with a ‘small delay’ on the Virar-Churchgate route. Flights from Mumbai airport are delayed by half an hour. Seven flights were diverted due to rains. Met department officials predict showers to continue for the next 48 hours after which the rainfall condition may slacken.
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