In­ces­sant rains dis­rupt nor­mal life in city Pot­holes resur­face on most roads, mo­torists af­fected

Trans­port ser­vices se­verely af­fected, lo­cal trains can­cel many ser­vices

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - Tasneem Kausar Sang­hami­tra Sengupta sang­hami­tra.sengupta@hin­dus­tan­

In­ces­sant rains since Thurs­day in Navi Mum­bai may not have been as bad as was the case in Mum­bai, yet it threw life in the city out of gear. No ma­jor loss of prop­erty or life was re­ported. Airoli re­ceived the high­est rain­fall in the city, while Be­la­pur the least.

The Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Corporation re­ported there was wa­ter­log­ging at four places and 15 trees falls in the city.

Trans­port ser­vices were se­verely af­fected and the lo­cal trains came to a halt, with only skele­tal ser­vice be­ing run that too with de­lays.

The rains that be­gan Fri­day, con­tin­ued through Satur­day. In­ces­sant rains through­out the night seemed to have pre­pared most res­i­dents for the or­deal dur­ing the day. Sev­eral stayed put at home but those who did ven­ture out had a tough time. Most of­fices had thin at­ten­dance.

The NMMT and BEST ser­vices were se­verely af­fected with their time sched­ules go­ing hay­wire. A large crowd of pas­sen­gers could be seen at the bus stops and de­pots.

The train ser­vices were worse. Com­muters want­ing to travel to Mum­bai or Thane waited for hours at the rail­way sta­tions. Since the lo­cal trains out­side the city had come to a halt, there were no ser­vices. A few train ser­vices were run be­tween Pan­vel and Vashi.

Rashmi Kothari, a Nerul res­i­dent, said: “I waited for hours to go to Thane, but there was no train. I then headed to the bus de­pot but since there was a huge rush and the bus seemed to be tak­ing ages to come, I re­turned home.”

Wa­ter en­tered Megh­doot area at Sec­tor 2 of Vashi and at the rail­way sub­ways of San­pada, Kopar Khairane and Airoli. Traf­fic came to a halt at the sub­ways lead­ing to traf­fic snarls in the area. There was wa­ter­log­ging op­po­site Cen­tre One mall road.

Turbhe MIDC po­lice sta­tion made sure it stayed in the news this mon­soon too. The po­lice­men worked in flooded rooms.

A civic of­fi­cial said, “We en­sued that wa­ter pumps were rushed to the ar­eas where wa­ter­log­ging was re­ported which were at four places.”

He added, “We re­ceived 15 com­plaints of tree falls. These com­plaints were for­warded to the fire and gar­den de­part­ments for swift ac­tion. Over­all the sit­u­a­tion was in con­trol in the city. Life was not af­fected much.”

The city has been wit­ness­ing heavy show­ers for the last three days, bring­ing the much-needed re­lief from heat.

The rains have brought in a flood of prob­lems — wa­ter­log­ging and pot­holes like ev­ery year.

Res­i­dents al­leged that de­spite the civic body as­sur­ances of a has­sle-free mon­soon, the mu­nic­i­pal corporation fails in im­prov­ing in­fra­struc­ture ev­ery year.

Wa­ter­log­ging was wit­nessed at sev­eral lo­ca­tions in Be­la­pur, Nerul, Vashi, Turbhe, APMC, Airoli, Ra­bale and other ar­eas.

“The mon­soon is yet to set in prop­erly but there have been wa­ter­log­ging in var­i­ous parts of the city. On Fri­day evening, I was stuck for half an hour while tak­ing a turn from Vashi rail­way sta­tion to Sec­tor 17 via the NMMC un­der­pass sub­way that con­nects the sec­tors,” said Shailen­dra Singh, 27, res­i­dent of Vashi.

There was wa­ter­log­ging at Nerul, Sion-Pan­vel high­way near Juina­gar and Turbhe while pot­holes were seen on the in­ter­nal roads in Airoli, Kopar Khairne and Turbhe.

“There was se­vere wa­ter­log­ging in the APMC mar­ket area to­wards both the Turbhe and Vashi side near the Mathadi Bha­van,” said Man­isha Joshi, 32, res­i­dent of San­pada.

The bus de­pot in Airoli, a low-ly­ing node, was flooded had an­kle-deep wa­ter de­spite the civic of­fi­cials mak­ing drainage fa­cil­i­ties. The Vashi and Be­la­pur bus de­pots were flooded on Fri­day and Satur­day.

Pot­holes have resur­faced in most roads, giv­ing mo­torists a tough time.

It has been bumpy rides since Fri­day in most nodes of the city as roads at Vashi, Nerul, Kopar Khairane and Airoli nodes are dot­ted with pot­holes.

“My bike jumped into a pot­hole which was in­vis­i­ble due to knee-deep wa­ter near Airoli sta­tion. Some­how, I man­aged to res­cue my­self from ma­jor in­juries,” said San­deep Rao, 23, res­i­dent of Airoli.

Data from the NMMC dis­as­ter man­age­ment cell records said that there was no wa­ter­log­ging com­plaint reg­is­tered.

They got calls re­lated to short cir­cuit and trees fall in­ci­dents.

“As per the data, we got nine calls for short-cir­cuit, 14 calls for fire and 31 calls for tree fall­ing, while 34 calls for pot­holes dur­ing the pe­riod,” said an of­fi­cial from the dis­as­ter man­age­ment cell of NMMC.

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