Back in Mumbai, it has rained 100 mm in the past 24 hours, placing the city on yellow alert.
The meteorological service has forecast severe to very heavy showers and strong winds throughout the city and suburbs of Mumbai during the course of the next day. Mumbai has had an average 100 mm of rainfall over the past 24 hours. According to a civic official, the nation's financial hub experienced an average rainfall of 100 mm during the course of 24 hours ending at 8 am on Thursday.
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Mumbai and the surrounding areas will continue to experience bad weather over the next days. For today, the Thane, Palghar, Raigad, and Ratnagiri districts are under an orange alert, while Mumbai is under a yellow alert.
More than 100 suburban trains were cancelled during the day on Wednesday due to heavy rains, which affected local rail services on various routes in Mumbai and its surrounding areas and inconvenienced commuters. Heavy rains on Wednesday caused road closures, train disruptions, and school holidays throughout Maharashtra, not only in Mumbai.
Due to a warning for heavy rainfall, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde declared a holiday for all schools on Thursday, July 20, in the districts of Mumbai, Thane, Raigad, and Palghar. In a late-night circular, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) announced that all city schools on Thursday, including those with courses for students in kindergarten through grade twelve, will be closed. On July 20 (Thursday), due to an alert for heavy rain, Palghar Collector Govind Bodke also proclaimed a holiday for all schools and colleges in the district.
Today's trains between Mumbai and Pune will remain cancelled.
Trains between Mumbai and Pune, such as the Pune-Mumbai Intercity Express, Pune-CSMT Deccan Express, Pune-CSMT Indrayani express, CSMT-Pune Sinhagad Express, and CSMT-Pune Deccan Queen trains, were cancelled on Wednesday and will remain cancelled on Thursday as well, according to the central railway's spokesperson, Dr. Shivraj Manaspure.
Traffic jams and a local update for Mumbai: According to railway officials, local train service, which is regarded as Mumbai's lifeblood, is operating normally on both the Central Railway and Western Railway routes. Nonetheless, other commuters asserted that the trains were 10-15 minutes late. According to a representative of Mumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST), there was no route change and all bus operations were as usual. Due to waterlogging in Sion, Dadar, and Matunga, some routes were diverted yesterday.
Yesterday, there were numerous delays on the Mumbai local trains that impeded traffic. At 11:05 a.m., the Central Railway suspended its suburban train services between Badlapur and Ambarnath in Thane district because waterlogging was preventing trains from Kalyan to Karjat from running. After seven hours, according to officials, the Kalyan-Badlapur stretch's services were resumed. Around 2.40 pm, services on the route were suspended due to point failures between Kalyan and Kasara. About three hours had passed when services on the Kalyan-Kasara line finally began, according to them.
More than 50 pairs of suburban services were cancelled throughout the day, according to Dr. Shivraj Manaspure, chief spokesperson for Central Railway. During the day, there were issues with the Main line (Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminal to Kasara/Khopoli) and Harbour line (CSMT to Panvel).
The Ambarnath-Badlapur portion of the Kalyan-Karjat segment, which is managed by Central Railway's Bombay division, reportedly opened to traffic at around 6 o'clock in the evening. According to him, the Up line (CSMT-bound) was restored roughly 30 minutes after the Down line (Karjat-bound) had been.
Railway authorities had to cancel a number of suburban trains due to flooded lines and equipment issues. On the Main line, trains were 10 to 30 minutes late, while on the Harbour line, they were 10 to 15 minutes late. Several commuters leapt onto the tracks and started walking to their destination or the next station after complaining about trains bunching up. They also bemoaned the congestion at the stations.
The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) began operating free bus services from major railway stations for the convenience of travellers on Wednesday night as torrential rains pounded Mumbai and surrounding areas. The MSRTC reported that its Thane and Mumbai divisions had plans to run more than 100 buses for no charge from important stations like Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminal, Dadar, Kurla, Thane, and Kalyan up to various residential areas.
In the meantime, when questioned about how many additional bus services were run for the convenience of the passengers, the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) administration stated that two additional buses were run on the 303 route from Ghatkopar to Mulund. A BEST representative stated that due to a water-logged road near Sion on around 9.15 pm, BEST had diverted buses on more than six routes via alternate routes.