Local train services in Mumbai were affected since this morning after the city received heavy rain overnight. Water-logging on railway tracks due to heavy rains and high tide on Saturday affected movement of trains on Thane and Panvel sections of the Central Railway (CR) in Mumbai, leaving thousands of passengers stranded at various stations.
“Due to heavy and continuous rains and accumulation of water in few sections, services have been suspended as a precautionary measure,” sad Central Railway spokesperson Sunil Udasi. Deputy Director General of Meteorology (IMD Mumbai) K S Hosalikar tweeted intense rainfall is expected in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai in 24-36 hours.
“The highest high tide of the four monsoon months is also today of 4.90 metres at afternoon, exactly during the period when IMD has forecast intense rains for the city. Heavy rainfall warnings on very high tide day in Mumbai is not a good combination. Please avoid outing, beaches,” he said in another tweet.
Coming to the aid of passengers, the city civic body has opened relief camps at schools in south and central Mumbai where refreshments are being provided to them. The water level on the tracks rose due to high tide in the Arabian sea coupled with rains in the afternoon, which caused water to flow backwards towards the Kurla, Sion and Chunabhati section, said Central Railway chief spokesperson Sunil Udasi.
“Suburban services were suspended between Kurla-Sion stations on the main line and between Kurla and Chunabhatti on Harbour line,” he said. The Central Railway has temporarily suspended the services between CSMT-Vashi route of Navi Mumbai on Harbour line and CSMT-Thane section on the main line.