MUMBAI: As heavy rains crippled railway services all over the city on Tuesday, the metro and monorail services remained unaffected and ferried commuters as usual.
MMRDA officials said that the metro and monorail services can only be a supplement to the railway network and will be useful only to span areas not connected by the railways.
According to MMRDA which is responsible for the mono-rail services running from Jacob Circle to Chembur, the services had seen a surge in ridership on Tuesday after the incessant rains led to both vehicular and railway movement to a halt due to water logging.
“There was an increase in ridership by almost 5000, as people living in the eastern suburbs and stranded around Parel, Dadar and Wadala took the mono to reach home,” said MMRDA spokesperson Dilip Kawatkar. He added that the services were unaffected and in fact additional services were run on Tuesday to ferry stranded people.
The Metro services from Versova to Ghatkopar did not see any increase in the ridership. According to a MMOPL spokesperson the metro rail services had catered to mostly regular commuters during the incessant rains on Tuesday.