Mumbai is once again bracing to tackle heavy rains which has resulted in cancellation of local train services leaving thousands of commuters stranded. Sources say that high tide is expected to hit the city by afternoon. In the early hours, thousands of commuters leaving for offices were caught unaware on reaching the suburban railway stations as trains were being cancelled due to water-logging of tracks following heavy downpour since Thursday night. As services on all three railway lines – Central, Western and Harbour – were cancelled, harried commuters rushed to catch buses, taxis or any other mode of transport available to reach their destinations, which resulted in massive traffic jams at many places, exacerbated by inundation in low-lying areas.
Water-logging is reported in areas like Kurla, Chembur, Tilak Nagar, Andheri, Parel, Lower Parel, Thane, Navi Mumbai and Dombivili. Civic Commissioner Ajoy Mehta appealed to citizens to not send their wards to school as heavy rains are predicted. “Very heavy rains are expected today. So I have issued advisory for school children to stay at home,” he told PTI.