Across Mumbai, traffic crawled at a snail’s pace on the major thoroughfares like Eastern Express and Western Express highways, and major north-south roads, delaying office-goers, college and school students.
The rain battered the already worn-out roads further. Huge traffic snarls were reported on pothole-ridden arterial roads in the western suburbs, including the Western Express Highway (WEH) stretch and between SV Road between Andheri and Bandra.
The monsoon mayhem at Mumbai’s railway tracks is an eye opener and comes at a time when the Modi government is planning to start work on India’s first bullet train, touted as a symbol of the country leapfrogging into a new age. The project, a 508 kilometer line costing a total of Rs 97,636 crore, will run at a maximum speed of 350 kmph and operating speed of 320 kmph. It is expected to serve 13 million people initially.
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Moreover, poor urban infrastructure is also adding to the problems. Mumbai’s suburban train network, often described as the city’s lifeline, is considering to be a death trap as at least eight people dying on an average every day between 2005 and 2014 after falling off trains or while crossing the tracks.