Mumbaikars are returning back to back to a normal “Mumbai life “ after the recent floods caused by rains in last week. Exuding to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) , Mumbai recorded 102 mm and the suburbs notched a staggering 316 mm rainfall on last Tuesday only. Torrential rains lashed Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Raigad and other parts of Maharashtra for four days continuously affecting normal life and paralysing the lifelines — local train and bus services — in the state capital and leading the state government and civic authorities to sound a high alert. Since Tuesday morning, many parts of Mumbai and suburbs were inundated with up to three to four feet of water on the highways, main and arterial roads, bylanes, housing complexes, railway stations and even the Mumbai Airport. At least 30 died during the flood.
I was not in Mumbai on the days of flooding. I was in Koraput , a tribal district in Odisha for a study on how digital marketing can be used for creating market for tribal produce , harvested in the region. As I return to my dear city, I travelled around the city today in different places till 2 PM to see the reality. I catch a local train from Vikhroli station to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CST ). After reaching CST , I took a BEST Bus to Getaway of India . From Gateway of India, I went to Crawford market area which is known as Asia’s largest wholesale market. I walked lane by lane in this large market which includes Abdul Raheman Street, Muhammad Ali Road and Manish Market.
Bus conductor said, “where is passenger today? Being Sunday, we would have overcrowded of tourists from CST to Gateway of India. I do not have cash-collection as the bus is running empty since morning.” . I had two Rs 500 note. The conductor explained me his situation when I requested him to exchange Rs 500-00 with lower denomination of notes. I saw the white shirt uniform wearing photographers were visible today as the tourists were thin in the corridor of the Gateway of India.
Crawford market has different things to see. Many workers and shopkeepers of this market were playing cards. I even see two boys playing cricket on Abdul Raheman Street which is known for its crowd. “We are returning to business.” , a salesman told me in Manish Market. I purchased a mobile cover for my M1 Note 3 mobile phone from his shop.
There was ignorable or no rain in the city. Trains were as usual except few cancellations. Ganesh Puja mandaps were everywhere.
Being a Sunday and Bakra Eid time, many people have not come out of home. I hope the situation in Mumbai will improve tomorrow to a great extent.
I had captured videos and photos while I was roaming around the city today. I am sharing these with this post for my readers.
PICTURES ( From top from left : (Gateway of India, Vikhroli Station , . Ganesh Puja mandap at CST and Abdul Raheman Street )