Mumbai, Sept 20: Mumbai dabbawalas announced that they will not operate on Wednesday due to incessant rains in the city that have been continuing since Tuesday, September 19. Subhash Talekar, Mumbai Dabbawala Association spokesperson, said as quoted by news agency ANI, “Won’t be working today, no dabba delivery by Mumbai Dabbawalas due to rains.” (Live updates on Mumbai rains here)
Meanwhile, as heavy rains continued across different areas of Mumbai, schools and colleges remained shut on Wednesday. Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde announced on Twitter, “Schools are instructed to remain close on September 20 for safety due to mixed predictions; This holiday will be compensated in Diwali. The precautionary holiday will be applicable for schools and colleges in Mumbai Metropolitan Region.”
The Meteorological Department said that the city received 210 mm rainfall in 24 hours till 8:30 am on Wednesday. It also said that the warnings continue even though the situation was improving. “Mumbai city recorded 210 mm rainfall, suburb recorded 303 mm rainfall and Dahanu near Mumbai recorded 304 mm rainfall. This has been recorded in the past 24 hours, till 8:30 am. Warnings continue today but situation is improving. We are keeping a close watch,” said IMD DDG KS Hosalikar.
The rains affected traffic while trains and flights also faced delays. Some areas were waterlogged. Many offices also asked employees to either take the day off or work from home.
The dabbawalas had to cancel delivery on August 30, too, when Mumbai came to a halt due to heavy rains. Most of the Dabbawalas come from villages around Pune.