Monsoon sets in: Traffic snarls and diversions hit waterlogged Mumbai

Priyanka NavalkarUpdated: Wednesday, June 09, 2021, 01:40 PM IST
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Vehicles ply through waterlogged road at MAFCO market during heavy rain, in Navi Mumbai, Wednesday, June 9, 2021. (PTI Photo) |

Moderate rainfall on Wednesday has led to traffic diversions and road closures due to waterlogging in various parts of Mumbai. Some of the key roads that were worst affected by the rains inclue the Western Express Highway (WEH), Eastern Express Highway (EEH) and the Eastern Freeway.

Andheri subway has been temporarily closed due to waterlogging, Dahisar subway will follow suit, said an official. Waterlogging was reported along the SV Road as well, stunting vehicular movement.

The WEH reported a major congestion and slow moving traffic on Wednesday due to the waterlogging issues as three-wheeler and two-wheeler vehicles had to go through the waterlogged area, wherein the water entered their vehicles.

Mumbai Police informed on their official Twitter handle on Wednesday that there was waterlogging near Netaji Palkar Chowk, S.V. Road Behram Baug Junction, Sakkar Panchayat Chowk, Neelam Junction, Govandi, Hindmata Junction, Iqbal Kamani Junction, Dharavi Restaurant, Dharavi, Sion Junction, King Circle. Police also advised the citizens to plan their travel likewise.

Police sources also said that a few diversions were put in place in the eastern suburbs of the city considering the monsoon situation. Traffic has been diverted at Sion road no 24, Mankhurd railway station, Gandhi Market and Antop Hill No 7.

Meanwhile, the BEST buses also diverted their routes due to waterlogging. The diversions of the bus routes are as follows-- 501,502,504,505 via Mankhurd bridge, route 7,10,25 via Sion main road, route 181 curtailed at Antop Hill Bus Station and route 5,6,7,8,21,27 via Ruia College, Wadala bridge and Antop Hill, Wadala bridge, informed the official Twitter handle of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

Similar waterlogging issues were observed at Alankar Petrol Pump, Khetwadi. Meanwhile, the Andheri Subway was submerged due to waterlogging, following which it was closed for vehicular movement, said an official.

"Andheri Subway closure is likely to cause major congestion, but we have called enforcement from police stations to manage the traffic," an official said.

Traffic officials have been posted along the various waterlogging spots to manage the traffic and alert the motorists of any diversions. A Twitter user, Chirag Jain, posted on social media website, "Water logging near Rustomji s.r.a building, water drain holes beside road are completely blocked. Pls look forward to it."

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