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Mumbai rains updates: HC pulls up railways over flooded tracks, says consider privatisation if can't maintain services

The Western Railway has sought NDRF and Indian Coast Guard's help to rescue passengers stranded in an outstation train between Nallasopara and Virar.

FP Staff July 10, 2018 19:37:42 IST
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Mumbai rains updates: HC pulls up railways over flooded tracks, says consider privatisation if can't maintain services

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18:10 (ist)

Santa Cruz recorded 106 mm rainfall since morning 

According to Skymet Weather, the Santa Cruz observatory recorded 106 mm of rain since morning. The weather situation is expected to worsen in the next few hours as IMD predicts heavy downpour over until tomorrow. The area has surpassed its monthly average quota of of 840.7 mm, which it surpassed today as the local observatory recorded 860mm rainfall. 

12:58 (ist)

Santacruz recorded 38 mm rains in last 3 hours

Private weather forecasting agency Skymet Weather said in a tweet that Santacruz recorded 38 millimetres of rain in the last three hours. Heavy rains are expected to continue in the city and its neighbouring areas. Gujarat, Konkan, Goa and Madhya Pradesh are likely to observe vigorous monsoon conditions on Tuesday.

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July 10, 2018 - 19:26 (IST)

A food special train, carrying about 2,000 food packets, was run from Mumbai Central to Naigaon for stranded passengers

July 10, 2018 - 19:21 (IST)

Passengers being rescued at Nallasopara after trains got stuck

July 10, 2018 - 18:57 (IST)

Bombay HC pulls up authorities over Mumbai rains, asks why no measures taken when tracks go under water every monsoon

Tracks submerge under water every monsoon, paralysing the local train services in Mumbai, but the Railways has not taken any concrete steps to prevent it, the Bombay High Court said today. 
 
 
A division bench of Justices NH Patil and GS Kulkarni was hearing a PIL seeking a direction to the railways to make stations and platforms disabled-friendly.
 
 
"Every year during monsoons tracks get submerged in water in low-lying areas. Why can not the Railways identify such spots and elevate the tracks?" Justice Kulkarni asked. If the Railways were not able to manage this, it should consider privatisation, the court said.

  

July 10, 2018 - 18:51 (IST)

Details of long-distance trains cancelled/short terminated /diverted by Western Railways 

July 10, 2018 - 18:49 (IST)

Next high tide expected to hit Mumbai coast at 9.28 pm today 

July 10, 2018 - 18:32 (IST)

WR arrangers buses for passengers of long-distance trains

July 10, 2018 - 18:26 (IST)

Central Railway, Harbour line trains running with 15-20 minutes delay 

July 10, 2018 - 18:10 (IST)

Santa Cruz recorded 106 mm rainfall since morning 

According to Skymet Weather, the Santa Cruz observatory recorded 106 mm of rain since morning. The weather situation is expected to worsen in the next few hours as IMD predicts heavy downpour over until tomorrow. The area has surpassed its monthly average quota of of 840.7 mm, which it surpassed today as the local observatory recorded 860mm rainfall. 

July 10, 2018 - 18:01 (IST)

450 passengers of Vadodara Express rescued from Nalasopara

About 450 passengers onboard the Vadodara express, which got stuck between Nalasopara and Virar stations have been rescued. Western Railways tweeted that they have been brought to the Nalasopara station. Buses are being arranged from Vasai Road anr Virar for the passengers to help them with further commute through the suburban rail network. 

July 10, 2018 - 17:45 (IST)

NDRF team reaches Vasai to help stranded people in Palghar district

Members of NDRF have reached Vasai and is working to rescue more than 400 people, mostly salt pan workers and their families, stranded in Palghar district,  The Times of India reported. 

Mumbai rains LIVE updates: Tracks submerge under water every monsoon, paralysing the local train services in Mumbai, but the Railways has not taken any concrete steps to prevent it, the Bombay High Court said on Tuesday.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis told the Assembly that around 150 additional suction pumps have been installed across the city, and in addition to it the existing water releasing system was working full throttle. He said that administration was asked to stay vigilant and all due steps were being taken to ease the situation.

Members of NDRF team have reached at the Nalasopara station to rescue and help the stranded passengers there. The team is helping Western Railways and RPF to distribute food packets amid stranded passangers and in initiating rescue operations.

The Western Railway has sought NDRF and Indian Coast Guard's help to rescue passengers stranded in an outstation train between Nallasopara and Virar.

Skymet Weather said in a tweet that Santacruz recorded 38 millimetres of rain in the last three hours. Meanwhile, in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that a total of 11 places were waterlogged in the city and the disaster management officials were taking efforts to provide assistance to locals.

Maharashtra education minister Vinod Tawde told reporters on Tuesday the disaster management authorities reported no situation of water logging in Mumbai. "Concerned authorities are keeping a track of the situation.There's nothing to worry as disaster management is ready to face any situation," he said.

While several schools and colleges stayed closed on Tuesday, Education Minister Vinod Tawde said that the educational institutions don't need to remain shut as the situation in Mumbai "is not as bad" as Monday.

Several outstation trains on Western Railway line were short-terminated or cancelled. Due to heavy rains and water logging at Nallasopara, all outstation trains arriving on Mumbai Western Railway are "indefinitely late" to arrive in Mumbai, the Western Railway divisional railway manager (Mumbai) said in a tweet.

The Central Railway said in a tweet that trains are running with caution in some "chronic sections" such as Sion-Matunga due to very heavy rains. Meanwhile, the Western Railway suspended AC local train services in Mumbai in view of the heavy rainfall and the waterlogging at Nallasopara station.

Heavy rain brought Mumbai and its neighbouring areas to a standstill on Monday, flooding streets and badly affecting life, with nearly 90 trains on the suburban network being cancelled.

The rainfall led to traffic snarls as many roads and streets in the metropolis were flooded and people were seen wading through knee-deep water.

A 43-year-old woman riding a motorcycle as a pillion was crushed by a bus after the vehicle hit a water-logged pothole in adjoining Thane district of Maharashtra on Sunday. The shocking incident was captured on CCTV cameras.

Due to water-logging, around 300 people were stuck in their homes in Vasai town of the adjoining Palghar district. However, they refused to be evacuated even as the water-level receded, a district information officer said.

The residents preferred to stay in their homes instead of relocating to some temporary shelter in response to the district administration's appeal for evacuation, he said.

Some of them accepted food packets given by the administration, he said.

"We have kept an ambulance near their homes as a precautionary measure," the officer said.

The downpour of 170 millimetres (recorded in Colaba observatory for the Mumbai city) from 8.30 am on Sunday morning till 8.30 am on Monday was the highest in a 24-hour period during the current monsoon season, the Meteorological Department's Deputy Director General, KS Hosalikar, said.

From 8.30 am to 5.30 pm on Monday, the Colaba observatory recorded a rainfall of 104.8 mm.

The Santacruz observatory, which records rainfall for suburban Mumbai, reported the downpour of 122 mm during the 24-hour period from 8.30 am yesterday and 75 mm from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm today.

According to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the metropolis has received 54 per cent of its average monsoon season rainfall just in the last 20 days.

The rainfall slowed down the pace of the financial capital, which is heavily dependent on local train services.

Though the intensity of showers receded as the day progressed, it took longer time for the city traffic to revert to its pace.

As many as 87 local services on the Central Railway (CR) and the Western Railway were cancelled today due to the heavy rain, said officials.

Vehicles on many roads were seen crawling because of the rainfall and low visibility. Potholes compounded the problem.

Schools and colleges were shut in Mumbai, while the Mumbai University said examinations will be rescheduled for students who could not appear for them today.

There was heavy water-logging in Mumbai's central areas of Kurla, Sion and Dadar. Mira Road (in adjoining Thane district), Nallasopara and Vasai (in Palghar district) were largely affected due to the heavy showers.

Train services of the Central Railway and the Western Railway were slightly delayed due to water-logging on rail tracks in some places, the officials said.

The Western Railway cancelled 50 of the nearly 1,500 suburban services operated by it on weekdays due to flooding on three tracks near Nallasopara station. Only two tracks were operational today.

The Western Railway deployed high-power pumps to take out water from tracks, but this did not help in avoiding delay in running of trains. Thousands of people could not reach their offices, while many others arrived late.

The Central Railway cancelled 37 services, out of the daily 1,700, early in the day because of water-logging on tracks between Sion and Matunga stations. However, the situation improved in the second half of the day as normal local services resumed.

Some long-distance trains to Gujarat and northern states were halted at Borivali as tracks near Nallasopara and Virar were submerged. The trains left after a delay of about one hour, a spokesperson of the Western Railway said.

Many government and semi-government establishments curtailed their office hours to allow their employees to leave for home early.

Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) buses were slightly delayed, but no service was cancelled or suspended, a BEST spokesperson said.

The city's neighbouring areas got even more rain and roads were submerged.

Visibility at the Mumbai airport was "not very good" but flights were operating according to schedule, an Met official said, adding no warning has been issued for the aviation sector so far.

The meteorological department has forecast more heavy rain in Mumbai till Tuesday.

Hosalikar said the intensity of rains in the city's neighbouring districts of Palghar, Raigad and some parts in the south Konkan region was even more "vigorous" with these areas receiving 200 mm rainfall since Monday.

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