Train, flight services normal in Mumbai


Mumbai : But for some delays due to heavy rain, train and flight operations in India’s commercial capital were normal Thursday morning, a day after a terror attack that left at least 17 people dead and 131 injured.

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Regular crowds were seen on the suburban trains of both the central and western railway, as also the busses operated by the state government-run Bombay Electric Supply and Transport Undertaking (BEST), which form the backbone of the city’s network.

“There was some disruption. But that was more to do with waterlogging around Thane due to heavy rains early in the morning,” an official of the Central Railway said, adding the tracks were cleared in a few hours and normal operations had resumed.

“As you can see, a majority of people are back at work. My two children have also gone to school,” said Kiran S.V., an executive who works in Worli, three km away from Dadar, one of the three sites of the terror attack. “No point or reason to sit at home.”

At least 17 people were killed and 131 injured, 23 of them seriously, in three blasts at Dadar, Zaveri Bazaar and Opera House in south-to-central quarters of this city Wednesday evening.

At the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, flight operations were normal and not a single incoming or outgoing flight was cancelled, officials said. But the heavy rains caused disruption of services for some 15 minutes after 11:10 a.m.

“Namaskar. Our prayers today for those who lost their dear ones. Another rainy morning in Mumbai, likely to clear up later. Flight operations normal,” said a message from the airport authority posted on the wall of their Facebook page.

Though bleary eyed for lack of sleep, having watched television and surfed the net since Wednesday evening, Anupam Roy Choudhary, a software engineer with a leading IT consultancy, was back at his office near Thane Thursday morning.

“Yes, there is anger. These terror strikes continue and the government is unable to do much. But people have resigned to their fate. Life must go on. We are now used to it,” Choudhary told IANS. “Things, as you see, are back to normal. People have to earn.”