India's financial capital has limped back to normalcy Wednesday morning with public transport resuming services after torrential rains, that lashed the city since Sunday, subsided.
At 375.2 mm, the rainfall in the 24-hour period before 8.30 am Tuesday was the highest since the July 26, 2005, deluge in Mumbai. It had widely affected train and bus services while several flights had to be diverted from Mumbai airport and others were delayed for hours.
A senior Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation official Wednesday said that with respite from incessant showers, there was no more water logging in any parts of the city and suburban trains and BEST buses were running according to schedule. According to a BEST spokesperson, out of 3,203 buses, 2,950 were plying on roads.
The Central Railway has decided to operate its suburban services in Mumbai division on Sunday time table, which means it will ply fewer trains, compared to weekdays when trains are run in full capacity.
"In view of IMD forecast of very heavy rainfall coupled with the high tide on Wednesday, Central Railway will run suburban services on July 3 in Mumbai Division as per Sunday timetable," the chief spokesperson of Central Railway Sunil Udasi said adding that special suburban services will be operated if the need arises. However, Western Railway's services were normal, giving much respite to commuters.
No major accidents were reported on Wednesday, except a fire in an electric meter box at Tagore Nagar in suburban Vikhroli (E). A BMC spokesperson said two persons suffered burn injuries in the incident and have been admitted to Sion Hospital.
Meanwhile, in the Rajya Sabha, NCP MP Majeed Memon has raised the lack of preventive action taken by the richest municipal corporation - BMC, asking who is responsible for the 27 deaths which have occurred during the rains on Tuesday.
"Some device has to be found out to eliminate this (flooding) every year to eliminate this every year. Someone tweeted me last night asking if I had a boat, I said I did not have one. The entire world is debating on the water logging which has occurred in Mumbai. The Municipal corporation is not short on funds for constructing roads and drainage. It is riddled with failure, corruption, dereliction of duty, criminal negligence. I wish to ask the government who is responsible for the 27 people who have died in the rains. I request Gadkariji to concentrate especially on road surfacing in Mumbai. I hope the government redeems the shameful picture of Mumbai which is shown in the world regarding flooding," he said.
(With PTI Inputs)