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Heavy rains & thunderstorms mark the arrival of southwest monsoon in Mumbai today!

The first spell of monsoon in Mumbai floods the low-lying areas, affecting commute and road traffic.

As predicted by the Indian Meteorological Department, the southwest monsoon rains have arrived with full force in Mumbai today. The downpour washed large parts of Mumbai, Thane, Palghar and Raigad, flooding several low-lying areas, merely two weeks after the Cyclone Tauktae devastation. Commute via 'local' suburban trains and roadways is also affected here now, due to the water-logging.

Mumbai weather update

The IMD Mumbai has predicted that the nimbus cloud cover will envelop the city for the next 48 hours. During this period, Mumbai and the satellite suburbs will receive moderate to heavy rain. In the last 24 hours, the regional meteorologic observatory at Colaba in Mumbai has recorded up to 59.6mm of rainfall. In the same range, the centre at Santacruz has logged in 77.4mm of showers.

The MET department has also hinted at the possibility of very heavy rains falls at isolated places in these regions. The maximum and minimum temperatures during the 2-day period are expected to vary between 30°C to 25°C, respectively.

Local travel suspended amid heavy rains

The Central and Western Railways suburban services suspended facilities on the main and harbour lines, hindering easy commute in the city. The CR Spokesperson Shivaji Sutar said that all services on the Harbour Line between Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and Vashi (Navi Mumbai) have been suspended due to waterlogging near Chunabhatti station.

Likewise, the mainline services between the Thane-CSMT track have also been shut due to flooded tracks near Kurla. The Central Railway is currently operating trains between Thane to Karjat, Thane to Kasal and Vashi-Panvel sectors.

Western Railway spokesperson, Sumit Thakur, stated that all Harbour Line trains on the Andheri-CSMT routes will be suspended until further notice due to waterlogging at Wadala station. He further informed that water pumps were deployed to drain out the excess water from the railway tracks.

Heavy rains & high tides hinder commute in Mumbai

While local trains are accessible to only a select few amid the COVID hours, the stoppage of trains has hit Mumbai transport as traffic was diverted to the road. The traffic snarls intensified as stretches of the Eastern Express Highway, Western Express Highway, major roads like SV Road in the west and LBS Marg in the east alongside other roads and lanes were flooded.

The rainwater also seeped into the building compounds and even ground floor flats in some areas of Malad, Khar and Kurla, accompanied by lightning and gusty winds. Subways at Andheri, Malad and Kandivali too became inaccessible due to water seepage. It may be noted here that the city also experienced a 4.16 metre-high tide from 11:43 AM onwards.

Sea Tourism is all set to sail in Mumbai with a host of new projects in the pipeline

Mumbai to get the world's longest sea ropeway & an int'l cruise terminal, among other amenities soon!

In a bid to foster multimodal connectivity across the city, the Mumbai Port Trust has tabled a bunch of projects to ensure bolstered infrastructure growth here. Proposed under the banner of the Gati Shakti Scheme, these plans aim to link two key features of the agenda, i.e cargo and sea tourism and build new amenities for the same. Reportedly, the installation of an Internation Cruise Terminal, a waterfront, a ro-pax terminal and the world's longest sea ropeway, among other provisions, are included within its scope.
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Mumbai's iconic Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus gets an all-new  'Restaurant on Wheels'

The fine-diner has been set up using a discarded rail coach.

Mounted on the rails leading to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) in Mumbai, an all-new 'Restaurant on Wheels' is here to win hearts and bellies of passengers and locals alike. Launched by the Central Railway, the exquisite fine-diner is a revamped discarded rail coach that promises to offer a unique experience to its patrons. As per railway officials, the Restaurant on Wheels aims to become a popular landmark eatery in South Mumbai, with its one-of-a-kind 'rail themed' setting and ambiance.

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Vintage Machine's 'Inferno Episode 1' is going live in Lucknow this Friday!

Backed by the Rude Box Entertainment, this lit event is bringing you the coolest DJ line up

A buzzing Friday night is on the cards for you all partyholics in town as Inferno Episode 1 is going live at the Vintage Machine in Lucknow on October 22. Backed by the Rude Box Entertainment, this lit event is bringing you the coolest DJ line up and trust us, it's all you need to let down your hair and welcome the weekend! Get ready to groove and have fun, for a chance like this might not knock on your door any time soon again!

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Mumbai's Sion Flyover to remain shut on weekends till January 9, 2022 due to repair work

Check out the alternate routes chalked out by the Mumbai Traffic Police here.

The Mumbai Traffic Police on Friday announced that the Sion flyover will remain closed every weekend, for the next three months, due to the repair work undertaken by the Maharashtra State Roads Development Corporation (MSRDC). The vehicle shutdown here will be clocked from 10 PM on Saturday to 6 AM on Monday, till January 9, 2022. Several route diversions have been put in place by the city traffic police department to allow an unhindered automobile movement during the closure, added reports. Check all alternate track here:

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Amusement parks in Maharashtra to open for visitors from Oct 22nd

Here's a detailed report of all services that have been unlocked in the state so far

After allowing cinema halls and theatres to restart services, the govt has now permitted dry amusement parks in Maharashtra to reopen, Friday onwards. The administration on Monday decided to reopen all dry amusement parks in the state from October 22 after a detailed discussion with the state COVID Task Force and Children's Task Force. Additionally, shops and restaurants have also been granted longer working hours now. Read on to know more about the orders.

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As per new orders by Kanpur Municipal Corporation, citizens will now have to inform the authorities before bringing home a pet. Those failing to do so will have to pay a hefty fine of ₹1200, irrespective of breed and size. The Municipal Corporation is also planning to bring pet clinics under the purview of the license.

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Newly launched e-buses to connect Lucknow to nearby rural areas from October 25

The fares for the e-buses will range from ₹5 for 3 km to ₹37 for more than 25 km

The newly launched electric buses in the city will ply on a new route, connecting Lucknow to the rural areas around, starting October 25. This will be the first time that such a service will be deployed in these areas, wherein commuters will be able to travel to and from the city, in the comfort of new state-of-the-art e-buses. The trials for the same are currently underway.

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