Mumbai limps back to normalcy as rains subside

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Mumbai: India’s financial capital limped back to normalcy Wednesday morning with public transport resuming services after torrential rains, that lashed the city since Sunday, subsided.

At 375.2 mm, the rainfall in the 24-hour period before 8.30 am Tuesday was the highest since the July 26, 2005, deluge in Mumbai. It had widely affected train and bus services while several flights had to be diverted from Mumbai airport and others were delayed for hours.

A senior Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation official Wednesday said that with respite from incessant showers, there was no more water logging in any parts of the city and suburban trains and BEST buses were running according to schedule.

According to a BEST spokesperson, out of 3,203 buses, 2,950 were plying on roads.

The Central Railway has decided to operate its suburban services in Mumbai division on Sunday time table, which means it will ply fewer trains, compared to weekdays when trains are run in full capacity.

“In view of IMD forecast of very heavy rainfall coupled with high tide on Wednesday, Central Railway will run suburban services on July 3 in Mumbai Division as per Sunday timetable,” chief spokesperson of Central Railway Sunil Udasi said.

Special suburban services will be operated if the need arises, he said.

However, Western Railway’s services were normal, giving much respite to commuters.

No major accidents were reported on Wednesday, except a fire in an electric meter box at Tagor Nagar in suburban Vikhroli (E). A BMC spokesperson said two persons suffered burn injuries in the incident and have been admitted to Sion Hospital.

Many buses operated by BEST broke down while some were diverted when rains pummelled Mumbai Monday.

As rains took a break on Tuesday, bus services ran smoothly throughout the day.

A BEST undertaking spokesperson said several buses developed technical snag due to water-logging on Monday.

“Transportation engineering staff and officers attended these stranded buses round-the-clock on Monday and Tuesday. As many as 74 buses got stuck due to water-logging.

A total of 179 buses reported breakdowns,” he said.

Despite flooding and power failures at some depots, 2950 out of total 3203 buses plied in Mumbai and suburbs. The BEST has a fleet of over 3,200 buses which criss-crosses the metropolis and also operate services in suburbs.

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