Tuesday’s heavy showers resulted in waterlogging at Kurla-Chembur-Govandi areas for long hours. Rain water accumulated in areas like Chembur Colony, Amar Mahal, Mahul Road, Thakkar Bappa Colony at Kurla, Kurla Kamani road and different parts of LBS Marg.
Despite the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation installed mini pumps to flush out accumulated water, these areas continued to face waterlogging which also led to heavy traffic and congestion on roads. Vehicles were almost unable to move in some of the areas in Chembur and Kurla considering the water level on roads. Citizens also complained that these pumps went off at irregular intervals causing more inconvenience in flushing out the water.
The famous Chembur Colony signal which gets waterlogged even during light showers witnessed water entering the nearby shops. Water started accumulating in areas near the Chembur and Kurla Railway station which is already traffic affected leading to long traffic snarls in south and north bound lanes.
The heavy showers on a business day not only caused inconvenience to commuters across the city but also brought local trains plying towards the island city to a halt. Trains beyond Vashi on Harbour Line and Thane on western line did not move after 12. 20 pm. Most of the commuters from Govandi and Sion Railway Station walked towards Chembur and Kurla station respectively after they were no train arrivals on the station. Commuters criticised the railway authorities for their shoddy work of cleaning drains which led to water logging on railway tracks. Saket Patil, Kurla resident, said, “We were unable to walk on the tracks as they were filled with rain water. We could clearly see that the nearby drains were clogged. The authorities fail to clean the drains every year.”
While the incessant rains led to waterlogging in these areas, the express highways adjoining these areas had immovable traffic for hours. The Santacruz-Chembur Link Road which ends at Kurla west was filled with rain water and vehicles moving on alternate roads towards Chembur, Lokmanya Tilak Terminus and Kurla east were stuck in queue for hours. This route also allows vehicles from Western Express Highway to directly reach Eastern Express Highway because of which the route has heavy traffic during peak hours.
According to the data provided by disaster control cell of BMC, from 8am of August 28 to 8am of August 29, areas like Chembur, Kurla and Govandi witnessed 62.46, 88.65 and 72.98mm rainfall respectively.