मुम्बई Mumbai: Due to heavy rains in some parts of the city early morning, suburban train services were affected — those on the Central and Harbour lines. Suburban train services on the Central and Harbour lines were about 15 minutes late on Tuesday evening due to heavy rain and a signal problem at CST. The terminus was packed with commuters as some trains were cancelled too. Heavy rains coupled with a high tide of 4.95 metres hit the city on Tuesday, causing water-logging and traffic jams in many areas of the island city, along with a slight delay in railway services.
Water reached the ‘rail level’ at Masjid and Sandhurst Road stations, which led to slow running of trains. A Western Railway EMU halted at Mahalaxmi station for 10-20 minutes due to a problem with the braking system around 8pm, leading to a delay.
A source in CR said that trains were running ten minutes behind schedule while passengers, especially office-goers, complained trains were delayed by 20 minutes.
Commuters also said that a few trains were cancelled on the Harbour line. There were announcements made at some stations about trains running behind schedule due to rains, a commuter said.
A CR official, while admitting the delay in train service, said it was just five to ten minutes behind schedule. “This is routine during monsoon and the services will return back to normalcy soon,” he added.
There is a signal problem at Wadala, Chembur. Parel and Dadar stations and this has hit services during the morning peak hours on Central and Harbour lines.
CR spokesperson A K Singh said, “The suburban train services have been affected due to signal problem at two stations each on Central and Harbour lines. As a result, there is a delay and this is mainly due to heavy rains. Passengers may get trains five to ten minutes behind schedule.”
Sources said that the signal problem was due to water logging on tracks. Commuters complained of platforms being crowded and many were unable to get into trains. “I have been waiting for a train at Bhandup station. However, with trains from Thane, Kalyan and beyond arriving packed with commuters, I had to miss a couple of trains. I will be late for work today,” said Binu S, an office-goer. Another commuter said that a few train coaches were unclean and some of the doors were jammed too.
Leakage on Metro again?
Barely two weeks after a water leakage was reported in the Mumbai Metro, a commuter tweeted a picture claiming that a similar incident occurred on Tuesday afternoon. The commuter, Bharat Kumar Bhandary, alleged that the water was dripping through the air-conditioner in one of the coaches. He spotted the leakage at 1.30pm while on his way from Ghatkopar to Saki Naka in the train’s second coach.
Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd denied there was any leakage in the train and said, “The picture depicts condensation of high humidity air in the AC of the train. The phenomenon is due to condensation of water as observed in AC cars. It is frequently observed in monsoon where high humid air touches a cold surface like steel glass filled with ice cubes, chilled bottles, etc.”
Heavy Rains to continue till Wednesday
As per data received by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), water-logging complaints were registered from the Hindmata Junction, Parel T T, Peddar Road, Reay Road, Tardeo and Mahalakshmi between 2 and 4 pm. The civic body has alerted the citizens of high tide over 4.7 meters till July 17.
Until 8.30pm, Colaba received 127mm rainfall, while Santacruz received 78.2mm on Tuesday. Colaba’s 127mm on Tuesday is the seventh highest 24 hour rainfall in the past decade (between 2004 and 2013). The all-time record for highest rainfall in 24 hours was on July 27, 2005, at 944.2mm. India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast frequent rain and showers in the city and suburbs with heavy to very heavy rainfall in some areas for the next 24 hours.
Traffic was also slow due to water logging. The Andheri Subway and Malad subway were closed due to water logging which caused problems to the commuters. Traffic was slow at the Haji Ali junction due to the pile-up till Wilson College, while the Haji Ali South Bound backlog was reported up to Worli Dairy. Parel TT south-bound road had a backlog up to Dadar TT.
Traffic police diverted traffic to the Eastern freeway, P.D’Mello Road, RAK Road for south Mumbai. The police also asked commuters to avoid SV Road due to Angaraki Chaturthi.
Suburban trains on the main line were delayed by 10 to 15 minutes, two harbour-bound trains and five main line services were canceled during peak hours. Until Tuesday morning, Colaba and Santacruz faced less rains, but IMD officials are confident that the deficiency will be covered.
“Heavy rainfall is forecast for the next 24 hours as well and with such good rainfall, the deficiency in rainfall in Mumbai will be covered by Wednesday,” said K S Hosalikar, deputy director-general, meteorology, IMD Mumbai.