1. Mumbai rains: BEST does its best to provide relief to rain-hit Mumbaikars

Mumbai rains: BEST does its best to provide relief to rain-hit Mumbaikars

The Mumbai civic body's transport wing BEST has moved in to fill the void created by suspension of suburban train services due to heavy rains by operating over 100 extra buses.

By: | Mumbai | Updated: August 30, 2017 11:53 AM
mumbai rains, rains in mumbai, BEST, BEST buses mumbai, rains in mumbai, mumbaikars, mumbai rain news, mumbai chaos, mumbai traffic The suburban train network, which carries over 65 lakh passengers a day, is the lifeline of the financial capital. BEST provides support to the transport network with a fleet of nearly 4,000 buses. (PTI)

The Mumbai civic body’s transport wing BEST has moved in to fill the void created by suspension of suburban train services due to heavy rains by operating over 100 extra buses. The Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) has been operating the extra buses since yesterday to ferry commuters stranded at various places, an official of the civic undertaking said.

“We ran 109 extra buses on important routes yesterday and today too, we are running additional buses on the Colaba-Thane route,” BEST spokesperson Manoj Varade said.

The suburban train network, which carries over 65 lakh passengers a day, is the lifeline of the financial capital. BEST provides support to the transport network with a fleet of nearly 4,000 buses.

Meanwhile, thousands of people who were stranded overnight in offices and other places made their journey back home after train services on the western and central railway were restored.

Services on the Western Railway resumed around midnight last night, while trains on the Central Railway’s (CR) mainline section between CSMT and Kalyan started this morning. However, the Harbour line, also run by the CR, still remained suspended. However, many preferred to stay back in offices and resumed duty today.

Pramod Harlalka, a sub-broker, who could not go home in neighbouring Thane district’s Bhayandar yesterday, said he will resume work after the stock market opens.

Slamming the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation for “poor disaster management”, Harlalka said, “It seems the tall talks of the BMC has been washed away in rains. There was no system in place to tackle the situation and we were left at God’s mercy.

“Now I would not be going to my home today, as stock market will open in a while,” said Harlalka who have his office in Kalba Devi in South Mumbai.

Harlalka, who has his office in Kalbadevi in South Mumbai, also alleged hotels overcharged diners who thronged them last night. A few Mumbaikars said the Maharashtra government should have declared an official holiday. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis yesterday advised people to step out of their homes only if there is an emergency.

“Since the chief minister did not declare a holiday under the Negotiable Instruments Act, people will have to go to their offices. Those who were stranded will have to either go home and return quickly for work today or stay put and continue working,” he said.

“A little imagination on the part of the government would have spared a large number of office-goers of this ordeal,” said S Balakrishna, a social worker.

Bank holidays are declared by Central/state governments under the Act.

Yesterday, nearly 300 mm rain in 12 hours paralysed the maximum city. Religious places, municipal schools, railway stations, offices and corporate parks turned into temporary homes for people who were stranded. The road traffic has started getting normal. “Traffic from Bandra Worli Sealink towards airport is moving now. However, south-bound traffic is still very slow due to water-logging at Vakola,” the Mumbai police tweeted. The BMC has cancelled the leaves given to its staffers and asked them to report for work.

  1. Kushal Kumar
    Aug 30, 2017 at 12:21 pm
    Readers may like to know this Vedic astrology writer’s alert in that regard in article “ 2017 – an opportune year for India with major worrisome concerns in February- Mach and August- September” issued widely to Indian news media last year in October and November. While covering August and September 2017 , the alert also reads : -“ Huge dangerous sea storms in coastal areas could likely lash at Gujrat …… or in neighboring States, leaving a distinct mark of devastation on the land”. In another article in global context including India , in relation to , among other things , floods , this writer had alerted on 16 May 2017 : “ these predictions may begin to show up after 24 June 2017 to grow up gradually for a final show during 19 August to 4 September with peak hype on 30 August ( it could be 29 also)”. So rain and flooding of the kind in Maharashtra , particularly in Mumbai are implied. It seems the alert would have been meaningful and useful.
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