MUMBAI Rains: Train & and Other Surface Transport Services Remain Disrupted

NORMAL life in Mumbai, nicknamed India’s commercial capital, remained paralysed for the thirds day on Tuesday impacting millions of daily wagers due to incessant rain. The city where the headquarters of  India’s two biggest corporators houses –Tata Sons  and Reliance- are located besides India’s central banker  Reserve Bank of India , several  private and state owned banks including  State Bank of India as well two zonal railways has almost come to a standstill. Railway services are disrupted . As a result, Mumbai’s famed ‘Dabbawalas’ or lunch box carriers have cancelled their services for today. Suburban services were suspended on a section of the Western Railway (WR) due to water logging on tracks and several long-distance and inter-city express trains were delayed or cancelled, officials said. The downpour flooded many roads and streets in low-lying areas of the city and its adjoining districts of Palghar and Thane. People at some places were seen wading through waist-deep water.The Tulsi lake — a major source of water supply for the city and its suburbs — overflowed due to the heavy showers.The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy to very heavy rain till Thursday.4:15 pm: BJP National Spokesperson Sambit Patra and Maharashtra State Spokesperson Keshav Upadhye  were seen wading through water for  going to Mumbai BJP’s office in Dadar East. As water level has risen above 400mm, power supply of Shatabdi Express has to be switched off as a precautionary measure. As soon as water recedes to safe level, train will be brought back to Mumbai Central. Water level has risen above 400mm.Power supply of Shatabdi Express has to be switched off as a precautionary measure. As soon as water recedes to safe level, train will be brought back to Mumbai Central. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis says  Disaster Management cell & all concerned Departments are working hard to provide every possible assistance to Mumbaikars. At Nalasapora, 450 passengers have been evacuated from Vadodara Express which got stuck due to water logging. Air India Express flight  from Vijayawada to Mumbai while landing on alternate runway 14 due to closure of main runway 27, stopped 10 feet beyond the runway end on the paved stop way. The aircraft had touched down correctly and used maximum braking but due to the slippery conditions caused by heavy rain, the aircraft could stop only at the stop way. No damage to aircraft or airport property or injuries to any person was however received .Heavy continuous rain is stated to be the reason for the poor slippery conditions of the runway.(images Courtesy : The Hindustan Times)

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