Mumbai, Jun 4: Heavy pre-monsoon rains, accompanied by thunder and lightning, lashed Mumbai on Monday night, causing water-logging and disrupting local train services on Harbour line. Areas that witnessed more rainfall were Wadala, Dadar, Byculla, Chembur, Kurla, Andheri, Dahisar, Goregaon and Kandivali. Waterlogging was reported in some parts of the city and suburbs, leading to huge traffic snarls on the two highways and other roads in the city and suburbs.
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) received water-logging complaints from areas like Dharavi 90 feet road, Dadar TT Circle, Kaburtar Kahana, Kings Circle, Fazal Khan chawl in Santacruz, Marol-Maroshi BMC Colony and Vijay Nagar in Andheri. There was traffic diversion in Malad Subway as the de-watering pump installed by BMC was not operational. Local train services were slowed down owing to some technical glitches on the Harbour line of Central Railway.
Heavy rains also disrupted flight operations. At Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, at least nine incoming flights of different airlines were diverted to other airports like Ahmedabad on account of congestion at Mumbai and inclement weather conditions. The delays were expected to continue till 11.30 pm. According to BMC’s public relation officer, Vijay Khabale Patil, a total of 39 complaints of tree falling were reported from different parts of the city.
“The city area had 13 tree fall complaints, eastern suburbs had five and western suburbs had 21 tree fall complaints. However, no casualty was reported,” the official said. Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Mumbai, has issued a warning stating that thunderstorm, accompanied with gusty winds with lightning, is likely to occur in Thane during next few hours.