Heavy rain in Mumbai disrupted road and rail traffic on Monday morning, with waterlogging reported from roads as well as tracks at railway stations. Some trains were delayed, short-terminated, cancelled or rescheduled.
At least 100 mm of rainfall was recorded between 4 am and 5 am on Monday, NDTV reported. The Western Railway released help desk numbers for passengers after water logging at Palghar station. Train movement restarted at Palghar at 8 am.
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal was monitoring the situation in Mumbai and was in constant touch with senior railway officials, the Western Railway said in a tweet.
“Due to heavy rains between Kurla and Sion, Up fast line services held up,” the Central Railway said, according to ANI. “Suburban services running cautiously on Down fast, Up & Down slow lines. On harbour line at Vadala Road trains running with slow speed.”
The Western Railway said trains from Palghar were either rescheduled or terminated because of heavy water logging on tracks. It had earlier said that trains were running on the fast track, but were yet to begin on the slow track. Restoration work was being carried out at Marine Lines station after bamboo sticks from construction works collapsed due to the wind, the Western Railway said.
Meanwhile, a goods train derailed between Karjat and Lonavala in Maharashtra on Monday, affecting movement of trains between Mumbai and Pune, PTI reported. The Central Railway alerted passengers about the list of trains that were diverted.
The India Meteorological Department forecast that intense spells of rainfall were likely to continue in Mumbai, Thane and Raigad districts on Monday morning.
Traffic came to a standstill on the Western Express Highway from Goregaon to Andheri and on all arterial roads connecting to the expressway, the Hindustan Times reported. Police asked motorists to avoid travelling to the central part of Mumbai from Sion to Lower Parel. More than 2,000 traffic police personnel were deployed to manage the traffic.