Citizens' Issues
Heavy rainfall paralyses Mumbai
The lifeline of the city - the suburban railway network - has been hit hard with water-logging on railway tracks, preventing office-goers from reaching their destinations
 
Barely a week into monsoon on Friday, Mumbai and its surroundings were paralysed as heavy rains lashed the areas since Thursday evening, authorities said here.
 
The lifeline of the city - the suburban railway network - has been hit hard with water-logging on railway tracks, preventing office-goers from reaching their destinations.
 
The IMD has warned of heavy rainfall in Mumbai, coastal Konkan and other parts over the next two days accompanied by strong winds touching 60 knots and very rough seas.
 
While the Central Railway (CR) and Harbour Line, and Western Railway (WR) managed to start a few services for the day in the early hours, they were delayed and later suspended in the city, rail officials and the BMC Disaster Cell said.
 
However, services continued on the mainland beyond Thane, Karjat-Kasara and Panvel sections of CR and beyond Vasai on WR.
 
Long distance trains on all sections have been severely hit with trains halted at various stations en route on the Mumbai to Gujarat, New Delhi, Nagpur, Pune and Goa routes.
 

The civic body has advised people not to send their children to schools and Mumbaikars have been told to venture out only if necessary in view of the heavy rains expected to lash the city over the next 24 hours.
 
Menawhile, heavy water logging and flooding has been reported at various locations around the city including Dadar, Parel, Byculla, Mazagaon, Mahim, Santacruz, Juhu, Vile Parle, Worli, Sion, Chunabhatti, Andheri, Kurla, Borivali, Dahisar, Jogeshwari and other areas preventing movement of road traffic.
 
Mumbai Mayor Snehal Ambekar said over 100 pumps are being operated to flush out the excess waters flooding the city and advised people not to ventures to beaches or near seashores.
 
Around 250 special buses have been deployed to ferry commuters who have been stranded in different parts of the city as the suburban train services have collapsed.
 
Meanwhile, Mumbai city recorded around 170 mm and suburbs averaged around 155 mm rainfall till Friday morning.

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COMMENTS

Suketu Shah

1 year ago

SS has not cleaned the drains at all in Mumbai contrary to their cvlaims.We all are suffering due to SS only.

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Yogesh Tiwari

In Reply to Suketu Shah 1 year ago

SS = Suketu Shah :)

Gururaj Rao

1 year ago

While a schoolboy in Mumbai 50 years ago, flooding occurred at several locations frequently during the rainy season-- it does so at the same locations even today. The authorities in charge should get together with professors from institutions like the IIT, university researchers, practicing engineers, and form a team to study how to drain out the water during rainy seasons. I'm sure we have the capability to do so. Why isn't this happening?

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c v manian

In Reply to Gururaj Rao 1 year ago

IIT professors can solve technical issues, but not the corruption issues associated with BMC and annual storm water drainage cleaning. Since the BMC ruling party is cahoots with the contractors, unless this nexus is broken, Mumbai has no vimochan from the annual flooding.
C V Manian

Gururaj Rao

In Reply to c v manian 1 year ago

Who is responsible for ensuring that rains do not clog up drains? Is the precipitation rate so high that drains cannot cope with the discharge of water into the sea? Can ordinary folks like us question the persons in charge and demand solutions? Can the Moneylife team get such persons to a meeting and let loose a barrage of questions so that some action is taken by these persons to alleviate the issue?

Gururaj Rao

In Reply to Gururaj Rao 1 year ago

I have just read a report on the Net quoting a municipal commissioner's view on water logging. It appears that the drains in Mumbai can handle only 55 mm of rainfall per day; sometimes you get 100-mm of rainfall. So just cleaning nullahs won't help. The city needs an integrated plan to drain out water after assessing maximum rainfall in a season. According to last years' news reports, Laxman Vatkar, chief engineer of the storm water drain department, looks after the water-logging. Another name that cropped up was SVR Srinivas, additional municipal commissioner. If we contact these persons for information, I'm sure we'll have the real goods and know what measures they are taking.

Shirish Sadanand Shanbhag

1 year ago

All money spent over the years, amounting to thousands of crores goes into drains, for preventing flooding in Mumbai during the rains.

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