Now is definitely not the perfect time to be in Mumbai. Here’s a few reasons you’ll find enough to want to be anywhere else but Mumbai.
1. WATER LOGGED BY A DAY’S RAINFALL
Heavy rains on June 11 and throughout the night caused roads to get clogged by water, bringing the traffic to a halt on the muddy-water roads. You do not want to be one of the commuters stuck in the midst of all that with rainwater or drainage water spraying all over you as vehicles pass by.
2. RAILWAY AND WATERWAY SHUT DOWN
Waterlogging on the rails and harbor lines made it impossible for trains to function. However, train services were restored on all the three suburban lines just yesterday even with more rains lashing the city today. You do not want to be stuck on the tracks while trying to commute on a train across the city, cursing the authorities for putting you in this situation with their rash decision to resume train services.
3. WATCH OUT FOR THOSE HIGH TIDES
Standing at the shore and hoping for a romantic moment with your date should be crossed out from your to-do list because the 4.5 meters and higher tides will ruin it all for you for the next five days. You do not want to be caught off-guard by a head-to-foot drenching tide coming your way.
4. TRAFFIC HAVOC
As if Mumbai traffic without the rains was no pain in the ass. Water over dangerously open manholes, speed bumps and potholes could be the worst thing you face on Mumbai roads. You do not want to be driving home from work hoping you reach home the same day.
5. PLEASE STAY INDOORS
With the city continuously getting lashed by heavy rainfall and the anti-flooding mechanism of the city showing obvious signs of failure, Mumbaikars have been advised not to leave their homes unless necessary. Schools and colleges have been closed since Friday and remain closed today. You do not want to be sitting at home doing nothing but waiting for the city to get back to its normal state which you know will take a hell of a long time.
6. BUSINESSES GOING DOWN THE DRAIN
Everyone’s at home in Mumbai except those office-goers who just cannot skip work for a few havoc-causing rains. So, how will keeping your stores, businesses and enterprises open bring you profit? You do not want to be a shop owner with a closed shop and no other source of income in a shut-down city.
7. TREES AND ELECTRIC POLES BECOMING KILLERS
Two firemen were injured when a tree fell on a fire brigade vehicle in Chembur. A five year old and a sixty year old were electrocuted to death in the incessant rains. Who would want to be next person to die this way in their beloved city?
8. BMC NOT RESPONSIBLE? THEN, WHO IS?
With the city’s new rainwater pumping plan not functioning up to the mark–or not functioning at all–the Maharashtra government cannot sit with their head in their hands. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the city’s civic agency, should be taking the responsibility for the lack of efficacy and the city’s annual boo-boo. But, that does not mean the public is free of any responsibility. You do not want to be shrugging your shoulders because there’s nothing you can do in the middle of a poorly mitigated disaster. Only collective steadfastness to take up preventive measures can save the city from experiencing what it experiences every year.
SOURCE: http://www.firstpost.com, Google Images