Watch: Office-goers flout social distancing norms at Borivili station as torrential rains hit Mumbai

11:24 PM Sep 24, 2020 | FPJ Web Desk

Heavy rains lashed Mumbai overnight, leaving many parts of the metropolis in waist-deep water and disrupting rail and road traffic on Wednesday.

Suburban train services were suspended on both Western and Central Railway soon after and were resumed by evening.


However, as rains disrupted the train services during the day, social distancing went for a toss in the evening as office-goers returned home.


At Mumbai's Borivili station, office-goers can be seen flouting all the social distancing norms on Wednesday (September 23).

Western Railways issued a statement saying, "There was heavy rain in Mumbai area on date 23.9.2020 resulting in cancellation on suburban services which was continuously being updated via media update and official twitter handle of the Western railway. The video being circulated is that of an EMU Suburban service which started as an Extra Virar 15 car service yesterday i.e 23rd Sep 2020 at 15:45 hours from Churchgate . The video is of this service at Borivali PF 3 at 17.22 hrs .Due to the cancellations of Suburban services during the morning period due to heavy rains and flooding in Mumbai area and the rush at Borivali was an very unusual occurrence."

" Infact anticipating additional passengers due to increasing categories of Essential categories being permitted on Suburban services Western Railway added 150 more services from 21st September itself," it added.

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(Update: Please note as updated by Western Railway, the visuals are from Borivili station.)

The Central Railway's (CR) suburban services resumed later in the evening on its main line, but not those on the harbour line, officials said.

With waterlogged tracks, suburban services of both Central Railway and Western Railway were suspended early Wednesday morning.

Sumit Thakur, chief public relations officer, WR, said its suburban special services were fully restored between Churchgate and Bandra around 5pm.

The first slow corridor train from Churchgate to Virar departed at 4 pm, while the first slow train from Bandra to Churchgate started at 4.55 pm, he said.

Earlier in the day, the WR had resumed suburban services on the fast corridor, but slow corridor services between Churchgate-Bandra had remained suspended due to inundated tracks.

Shivaji Sutar, chief public relations officer of CR, said suburban services between Dadar-Thane were resumed after water on the tracks in Dadar-Kurla section receded around 6 pm.

After more than 12 hours, traffic on the Central Railway's main line resumed fully, but Harbour line services were still suspended, he said.

The services between CSMT-Dadar stations fully resumed around 7.45 pm.

Common people are dependent on the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) buses, but the rains crippled the civic bus service too on Wednesday.

The BEST spokesperson said the buses on 100 routes were diverted via alternative routes at 32 locations.

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