MUMBAI: Local trains in Mumbai are running late after waterlogging on railway tracks due to heavy overnight rain in the city. Several short and long-distance trains have also been delayed or cancelled. At least 100 mm of rainfall was recorded between 4 and 5 am today, with more than 360 mm recorded overnight.
According to news agency ANI, which quoted the Meteorological Department, heavy rainfall is likely to continue over Mumbai, Thane, Raigad and Palghar.
In multiple tweets, the Western Railway said that some trains in the Mumbai-Valsad-Surat section have been cancelled due to water-logging in Palghar section.
Western Railway later confirmed that water levels had receded and train movement had been re-started at 8.05 am. However, train speeds were restricted to 30 km/h to ensure safety.
According to news agency ANI, tracks between Sion and Matunga stations were submerged.
The Mumbai-Ahmedabad Shatabdi Express has been regulated for safe travel.
Heavy winds led to bamboo from nearby construction work falling on tracks at Marine Lines. All trains on the Churchgate-Marine Lines have been stopped. Restoration work is on and traffic is expected to resume in 30 minutes, Western Railway tweeted.
According to Western Railway, trains are running on Up & Down Fast Lines between Churchgate and Mumbai Central. Traffic on slow lines is expected to start soon.
Trains running between Mumbai and Pune were delayed after a goods train derailed.
Western Railway has also released help desk numbers for passenger enquiry due to water logging at Palghar station.
According to private weather forecaster Skymet, levels of rainfall are likely to increase from the night of July 3, following a weather system forming in the Bay of Bengal that is moving towards the western coast of the country.