“Mumbai is a beautiful city, but a terrible place” ~ Architect Charles Correa
1. Great Food and Mumbai Monsoon
2. Beautiful Scenarios
3. Happy Time With Family
4. Ganesh Chaturthi
But Like Every Good Story, Monsoon In Mumbai Has It’s Lows As Well:
1. Water Clogging During Mumbai Monsoon
Life of a typical Mumbaikar depends on local trains. Almost 80% of the citizens rely on the Mumbai local trains because it is the lifeline of the Mumbaikars. Mumbai streets are easily flooded. Since there is a lot of heavy raining in Mumbai monsoons, water gets clogged very easily and there is a lot of water on the railway tracks as well, due to which the trains are blocked and don’t move any further. Water clogging further leads to power cuts because there are loose wires lying around.
Recently, Vasai-Virar faced the biggest problem of water clogging. It started raining on a Friday night and continued to rain at the same pace on Saturday and then Sunday. It did not look like it was gonna stop anytime soon.
The rains continued even on Sunday night and did not stop and then on Monday morning, the water level started rising and reached up to the ankles. Soon, the electricity was cut-off and so was the water supply. Since it was the first day, it was okay and people had no difficulty spending the day. Tuesday, the water level had reached till the waist, People living on the ground floor had to leave their houses and shift to someone else’s homes or live on the terrace of the building. With continuous power and electricity cut, people found it hard to stay in as the phones and other electronics had no charging. The temperature was not too much because of which there wasn’t a lot of problem sleeping at night. By Wednesday evening, the rain died down a little and that is when the water started draining out and the authorities were called for help.
By Thursday, people were back on track with their work lives and students started attending their colleges and schools. These pictures that I have attatched below are clicked by me and my friends. We lived this horror story.
2. Animals’ lives at risk
3. High tides at Churchgate which makes it difficult for people to go there
4. Not safe food
What could be pretty becomes a menace. With this article I hope to bring some light to the issues faced by the Mumbai suburbs and outskirts. BMC are you listening?
This article is contributed by Tanya Sharma. She is a 20-year-old BMM graduate residing in Vasai. With this article, she hopes to convey to everyone the difficulties of travelling in Mumbai especially during monsoons.