The Fact News Service
Mumbai, July 16
Heavy rains lashed parts of Mumbai and its suburbs since early morning on Friday, leading to water-logging on tracks at a few places and affecting the local train services, officials said.
The suburban trains on the Central Railway’s main line as well as the Harbour line are running 20 to 25 minutes behind schedule, an official said.
Local train services are currently running only for personnel engaged in health and other essential services, and are out of bound for general commuters in view of the Covid pandemic.
A civic official said that the city had been witnessing downpour since early morning, but its suburbs had reported more rain.
In three hours ending 7 am, Mumbai’s island city recorded 36 mm rainfall, whereas its eastern and western suburbs recorded 75 mm and 73 mm rainfall, respectively.
An official of the Central Railway said that due to water-logging on tracks near Kurla station in eastern Mumbai, suburban services on the main line (between Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and Kurla) and the Harbour line (CSMT-Vashi-Panvel) have been affected since morning.
“Due to heavy rains and water-logging on the slow lines near Kurla-Vidyavihar, local trains are running 20-25 minutes late,” said Shivaji Sutar, chief public relations officer of the CR.
The slow line train traffic between Kurla-Vidyavihar had been diverted to the fast line, he said, adding that the locals on the Harbour line are also running 20-25 minutes behind schedule.
However, trains are running as per their normal schedule on the Thane-Vashi Transharbour route, he added.
The Central Railway runs suburban services on four separate suburban corridors in the Mumbai metropolitan region. Before the outbreak of the pandemic, it used to operate over 1,700 suburban services and ferry over 40 lakh passengers on a daily basis.
Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department had earlier predicted moderate to heavy rain in the city and suburbs with the possibility of very heavy rain at isolated places on Friday.