New Delhi, July 12: After witnessing heavy rainfall for nearly four consecutive days, Mumbai got the much-needed relief on Wednesday. Train services, including those on the Western line, resumed, bringing relief to lakhs of commuters. According to details by the MeT department, Mumbai has received 864.5 mm rain in just 10 days, which is nearly equal to what it gets in an entire month.
Mumbai has so far received almost 60 per cent of its required annual rainfall since the onset of monsoon, the MeT department said. The weather department has forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall in the city and its neighbouring areas till Saturday.
Reports informed that the road traffic was moving smoothly after four days of heavy rains, which had crippled life in the megacity. The local train services were badly affected on a section of the Western Railway (WR) on Tuesday due to inundation of the tracks.
The local trains were suspended between Nallasopara and Virar stations on the Western line on Tuesday. "We started our services from Churchgate (in South Mumbai) to Dahanu Road (in Palghar district) this morning with a speed restriction between Bhayander and Virar stations where water level did not permit us to run the trains at the regular speed," a senior railway official was quoted by PTI.
The official informed that the speed restriction resulted in the cancellation of 130 suburban trains while fifteen long-distance trains of the Western Railway were also cancelled. Nineteen express trains had to be short-terminated (terminated on an earlier station) while four express trains were partially cancelled.