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Mumbai Rains: Waterlogging causes major traffic snarls, diversions in city

12:37 PM Sep 23, 2020 | Priyanka Navalkar

Overnight heavy rains on Wednesday in the city led to numerous traffic diversions and road closures due to waterlogging. Some of the key roads that were most hit due to the incessant rains were Western Express Highway, Eastern Freeway, Bandra Reclamation Road among others. A police official said, around six inches of waterlogging was reported at Andheri and Malad Subway, causing the subway to be shut for vehicular traffic. The motorists were asked to take diversions after the Eastern Freeway was shut on Wednesday morning.

Mumbai Police informed on their official Twitter handle on Wednesday that there was waterlogging near Byculla police station, J. J. Bridge, Minara masjid Junction, Dadar railway station, Dadar TT, Bawla compound, Goldeval Kapda Gali, Wadi port junction, Hindamata junction, Netaji Palkar Road. Similar waterlogging issues were observed at Alankar Petrol Pump, Khetwadi, Girgaon, Grant Road E, Uranwala Street Alibhai Premji Marg, Grant Road (W), Slator Road, Cotton Green.

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"Andheri Subway closure was a major hit, but traffic was soon resumed and police personnel from DN Nagar Police Station rushed to the spot to ensure a smooth commute for Mumbaikars," said an officer. Traffic officials were immediately posted along the various waterlogging spots to manage the traffic and alert the motorists of any diversions.

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The IMD had issued a red alert with a forecast of heavy to very heavy rainfall (between 64 mm to 204.4 mm in 24 hours) at isolated places for Wednesday, which was later reduced to a yellow alert for Mumbai.

Heavy rains throw Mumbai’s road traffic out of gear

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