Metro gets its first taste of the Mumbai rains

Jul 03, 2014, 06:28 IST | Ranjeet Jadhav

Water started leaking around 11.30 am in a compartment of a Ghatkopar-bound train; officials say AC duct had developed problems, causing water to drip; roofs at some stations were also leaking

Mumbai Metro achieved its inaugural leak in the heavy rains that lashed the city yesterday, when one of the compartments started leaking water. The incident occurred in a Ghatkopar-bound Metro train around 11.30 am.

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A baggage-scanning machine had to be closed off yesterday as there was water leaking near it, at the Ghatkopar Metro station
A baggage-scanning machine had to be closed off yesterday as there was water leaking near it, at the Ghatkopar Metro station

Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL) authorities confirmed the incident, saying a technical snag was responsible for it. The AC duct ostensibly developed a snag, causing water to ooze out from it. The train, after reaching Ghatkopar, was immediately taken to the car depot for maintenance.

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Leaking roofs
At some stations, water was leaking from the roof, even at the concourse level (below the platform) in some spots. Yesterday, in the afternoon, mid-day travelled from Versova to Ghatkopar and observed that there was water leaking from the roof at a few stations, which caused problems to some commuters who were standing at the platform to board the Metro train.

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At Marol Naka, we observed water pouring down from the roof over the platform. Authorities had kept buckets at a spot on the concourse level to collect the water. Housekeeping staff was seen cleaning the water using the sponge mops.

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At Airport Road, Chakala, WEH and Andheri stations, too, leakage was seen, while at Ghatkopar station, a baggage-scanning machine had been switched off due to leakage near the machine. Commuters, while happy that they don’t have to spend hours in the traffic inhaling noxious fumes, want these issues to be taken care of as well.

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“Earlier, travelling via road to Ghatkopar from Andheri used to be a daunting task during monsoon. But, with the Metro, we quickly reach our destination. The only thing authorities should improve is the water leakage occurring at some platforms on the Metro stations. It may inconvenience commuters during morning and evening peak hours,” said Dinesh Shah, a Dahisar resident.

A spokesperson of Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd said, “At a few locations, leakages were reported during the first spell of rainfall. These leakages are being rectified. In construction of such structures, these leakages are normal and generally require attention after the first showers.”

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