Mumbai rains: With the rain continuing to create havoc in India's financial capital Mumbai today, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis advised people of the city to move out of their homes only if it is necessary.
Mumbai rains: With the rain continuing to create havoc in India’s financial capital Mumbai today, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis advised people of the city to move out of their homes only if it is necessary. Speaking to ANI, the CM said, “I appeal to people to step out of their homes only if necessary.” Urging Mumbaikars to follow the traffic advisory, he said, “Request people to follow traffic advisories being issued. You can also tweet to/call Mumbai Police, police will come to your rescue.” Heavy rains have disrupted normal life in Mumbai today, affecting, road, air and rail services, PTI said. Apart from Mumbai, Navi Mumbai has also been affected by heavy rains since last night, resulting in vehicles moving slowly through waterlogged roads in low-lying areas.
As per the report, traffic jams have also been reported from roads of the city and adjoining areas, including the Eastern and Western Express Highway, Sion-Panvel highway and LBS Marg, the agency added. There were also reports of waterlogging from low-lying areas of Sion and Parel.
Because of heavy rains, about six to seven flights had to take rounds before landing, and some other flights were diverted to airports which are nearby. However, the single runway of the airport was functional, PTI report added. According to the spokesperson of the Mumbai airport, the average delay of flights is 35 minutes. “Heavy rains and strong winds have drastically reduced visibility leading to diversions and go around even though the main runway is open,” he was quoted as saying by PTI.
Lifeline of Mumbai, the suburban rail services have also been paralysed. According to the railways officials, the Central Railway-run harbour line, which links CSMT to Panvel, have been suspended since 11:30 am, the agency added. The traffic was also moving at a slow pace on BR Ambedkar Road, Western Express Highway and Eastern Freeway, said Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Amitesh Kumar, as per the agency.