Rains throw life out of gear in Mumbai

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Mumbai, July 1 (UNI) Incessant rains threw life out of gear here in the metropolis.

The public transport system was in disarray and the railway service, which is the lifeline of the metropolis, was severely affacted owing to water-logging on the tracks in some low-lying areas.

Central Railway's main line services had to be suspended for some time due to water logging. Trains on the harbour line were running 30 minutes late. The Western Railway's local trains, too, were running behind schedule.

The disruption of the rail traffic compelled the Central Railway to urge passengers to avoid travelling unless it was very necessary.

Public announcements to this effect were being made at the railway stations.

Flights at Domestic and International airports were also delayed by 15 to 20 minutes.

The Meteorological Department has recorded 200 mm rainfall at Colaba and 143.9 mm rainfall at Santacruz during last 24 hours. The weather office has also cautioned about a high tide today.

Attendance in offices and business establishments was very thin.

Some of the establishments preferred to remain closed. Most educational institutes in the city also remained closed because of thin attendance of teachers and students.

Meanwhile, following the rescheduling of some long-distance trains, chaos prevailed at the Manmad railway station, a report reaching here from Nashik said. The Manmad-Kurla Godavari Express had to be cancelled earlier due to the rains in Mumbai. However, this irked the passengers at the Manmad railway station.

Angry passengers broke window panes of the train. Following this, the railway authorities decided to run the train upto Nashik.

Similarly, the Manmad-Mumbai Panchavati Express also rolled till Igatpuri.

Many other trains are also likely to be delayed due to the rains in Mumbai. Passengers were seen making a beeline to cancel their tickets at the Manmad station. The railway authorities, however, deducted Rs 10 from each ticket which angered the passengers.


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