‘All ground-floor flats in 14 buildings affected’
Jitu Jadhav, a resident of Gulmohur Marg in Chunabhatti, said the area was flooded within one hour of rainfall. He said Somaiya nullah in Sion has become a dumping ground, resulting in a reverse flow during Wednesday’s heavy rainfall. “This affected all the ground-floor flats of 14 buildings in Bhakti Dham. Furniture and appliances all went four feet under water. The area started getting inundated at 4 am. It was only by noon that it receded slightly,” said Jadhav. Local corporator Kaptan Mallik said this is the first time Bhakti Dham and Trimurti Road have witnessed waterlogging. “The proposal to clean the nullah was passed in the standing committee meeting 10 months ago. However, it got stalled due to a pending tree-cutting issue. The delay on part of the administration has led to this situation,” he said.
LOCATION: SIDDHARTH NAGAR, GOREGAON WEST
‘It’s the third time our area has got flooded this monsoon’
Vishal Rathod, a resident of Siddharth Nagar, Goregaon West, tweeted: “Total Barbaad this time. 2 feet water at my place”. He posted a video of water inside his ground-floor flat in Mangal Karini building. Anil Upadhyay, another resident of Siddharth Nagar said, “There was three feet of water inside our flat by 9 pm on Tuesday. It started receding only at around 3.30 am. There is a nullah near Jogger’s Park which hasn’t been cleaned this whole season. This is the third time our area got flooded this monsoon.”
LOCATION: LAMINGTON ROAD
‘No essentials were available all day’
Rajeev Laungani, a resident of Lamington Road, said the electronics market in the area has suffered unprecedented losses, first due to the lockdown and then due to flooding. “A few shops had opened but their businesses have been severely hampered. There are houses above the shops and I have suffered extensive leakage in mine. There were also no vegetables or essentials available in the area the whole day,” Laungani said.
LOCATION: CENTRAL RAILWAY CONTROL ROOM
The staff of the Central Railway Control Office left for their homes on Wednesday after working for 26 hours. Having begun their shift on Tuesday evening at 4 pm, they were supposed to be replaced by their relievers at midnight. However, with no local trains and buses, the relievers reached CR’s control offices only by 6 pm on Wednesday. “Control is the key of rail operations. As per railway duty rules, no official in control rooms can leave before relievers take charge,” said a CR officer, adding that over two dozen controllers work round the clock to ensure safe train movement.