Mumbai shows its true spirit yet again. The pandals which housed Lord Ganesh has opened its doors to people stranded in heavy rains. Same is in case of Gurudwaras as well. Ordinary people have also extended their homes and offices to provide food and shelter to those stranded.
Subhash Pai, from Matunga’s GSB seva mandal said that they have sufficient supplies for over 5, 000 people in case of an emergency. “After we got the news of traffic blocks and train services coming to a halt we immediately circulated the messages through social media requesting people from Dadar, Matunga, Mahim, King Circle and nearby areas to come to the mandals in case they are stuck. About a 1, 000 people have turned up until now,” said Pai.
Similarly, all the Gurudwaras of Mumbai are readying their langar (food) to people inconvenienced by the rains. “We have about 70-80 volunteers who are stationed at areas with major water logging near Dadar, Lalbaug and Parel area. Right now we got to know that there are two buses of school children who are stuck near Sion Hospital since afternoon so we are heading there to provide food and water,” said Manpreet Singh who is spearheading the rescue operations.
Meanwhile, Ripul who owns Trupti Bandra store, said his phone keeps ringing every five seconds. He has received thousands of call already. “My nine-member team is at the store and I think we can serve people some food and water for a couple of hours more ( maybe till 9 pm, Tuesday).”
Pandals across the city have a number of volunteers who can help. But since these volunteers aren’t trained to rescue, civic body needs to make sure people reach the mandals from vulnerable vicinities, added Pai. These Pandals are hoping disaster management team to help the stranded reach these locations that are offering support.