Live: Heavy rain disrupts normal life in Mumbai; traffic hit, schools closed
Thane reels under heavy rain
TOI’s Freny Fernandes reports: All schools in the Thane corporation area have been ordered to remain shut for a day by municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal in view of the heavy rains coinciding with a high tide on Friday afternoon.
The Thane station, one of the busiest stations on the central railway route with more than six lakh peoples doing a daily commute, was crowded with office-goers who were eager to reach to their work place on time.
BEST bus services badly hit, autos unavailable
Somit Sen reports: Citizens who want to travel in an emergency are stranded because the bus and autorickshaw services are badly hit due to rain.
There was a collision between two buses in Ghatkopar while a few autos were stuck in waterlogged areas of the suburbs, throwing the public transport out of gear.
A BEST official said: “We are still trying to run as many buses as we can as the railway services are majorly disrupted. Citizens will depend on BEST bus as alternate mode of transport.” He stated that buses were unable to ply through low lying and waterlogged areas and there were diversions on prominent routes. Buses were being plied as far as Panvel, but they were stuck in traffic snarls – thereby affecting the frequency of service.
A scene near Santa Cruz–Chembur Link Road in Mumbai. (Photo by Sanjay Hadkar)
Juhu airport flooded, shut down since morning
TOI’s Manju V reports: A NOTAM (notice to airmen) has been issued stating that it will remain closed till 1pm. “We will start operations before 2pm, if the situation improves,” said an airport official. Juhu airport houses the country’s busiest heliport. It handles an average of 130 flights a day, most of them helicopters engaged to aid oil rig operations.
Rain clogs roads in Mumbai
TOI’s Nitasha Natu reports from Mumbai: Torrential rain on Friday led to water logging at Matunga’s Gandhi market, Chembur’s Umarshi Bappa to Surana hospital stretch, Bhoiwada-Hindmata & Parel TT, Santa Cruz-Chembur Link Road, Byculla’s Palace Cinema, Dadar TT and Mahim’s SK Bole Road.
“Traffic congestion was reported at Dadar TT, Plaza cinema, Byculla station East and near Sion Hospital. Water logging was also reported at Mukhyadhayapak Bhavan,” said an official from the traffic department.
St Xavier’s College postpones interview
St Xavier’s College has postponed all interviews scheduled for Friday to Saturday. “Safety should be our first concern”. All other academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular can be rescheduled. All interviews scheduled for Friday, will be rescheduled to Saturday, weather permitting,” said a note on the college website. Some lectures at LS Raheja College, Bandra and Mulund College of Commerce, Mulund were also cancelled.
Heavy rain lashes Mumbai
Railway sources said it is difficult to say by when the services would be resumed.
In total, around 70-80 lakh people travel daily by local trains across all three lines, which are called as lifeline of the city.
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.
Archdiocesan Board of Education (ABE) which governs over 150 schools in Mumbai has said principals can decide to shut the schools depending on the condition in the area
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.
Schools like RN Podar, Santacruz, St Mary’s school, Mazgaon and St Xavier’s, Fort and Cathedral and John Connon school too, are shut for the day
Mumbai municipal commissioner directs that all municipal schools to remain shut.
People walk down a pedestrian bridge as heavy rains lash Mumbai on Thursday
Heavy rains slow down traffic in Mumbai and disrupt train services