Mumbai Struggles To Return To Normalcy


Mumbai, which is said to be the financial capital of India, limped back to normalcy on Wednesday morning with public transport resuming services after torrential rains that lashed the city since Sunday.

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

According to an official of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation on 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 are running according to schedule.

It has been reported that out of 3,203 BEST buses, 2,950 buses are plying on the roads.

Moreover, 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.

The central railway will run the suburban services on July 3 in view of IMD forecast of very heavy rainfall coupled with high tide on Wednesday. The suburban services will run today in Mumbai Division as per Sunday timetable.

However, special suburban services will be operated if the need arises.

Meanwhile, reports stated that no major accidents were reported on Wednesday except a fire in an electric meter box at Tagor Nagar in subusrban Vikhroli (E). According to a BMC spokesperson, two persons suffered burn injuries in the incident and have been admitted to Sion Hospital.

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