With the rains finally hitting the city on Wednesday, major traffic snarls were reported in various pockets in the city mostly due to waterlogging. What further contributed to the problems of the motorists were minor mishaps and tree collapse. Even the newly built Santacruz-Chembur Link Road (SCLR) saw waterlogging at many places.
Heavy traffic was reported from Shivaji Park to Dadar TT and Parel. Both sides of roads near Nirmal Lifestyle towards Bhandup reported slow moving traffic. Areas such as Suman Nagar in Chembur, Hiranandani Gardens in Powai also reported heavy traffic jam.
The connecting road between Ghatkopar, east and west, Shreyas Cinema to Vikhroli depot, Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road towards Seepz and road near Infiniti Mall in Andheri (W) saw tailbacks. Along with his road from Parel to Chinchpokli from Lalbaug flyover, Vasantrao Naik Chowk in Tardeo, L&T flyover on JVLR, Mahim Causeway, SV Road in Bandra (w) also reported traffic snarls.
Western Express Highway too had its share of congestion. The traffic police said bumper-to-bumper traffic was reported from Borivali to Bandra (east). It took motorists at least three hours to cover this distance. The southbound stretch of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link was also completely jammed with motorists taking a minimum of 20 minutes to clear the toll queue. The situation eased by afternoon as the rainfall subsided.
Traffic police said that water logging was reported at 51 locations across the city. The Malad subway had to closed to motorists and was opened only after noon. Traffic jams were also reported on several stretches of the new Santacruz-Chembur Link Road (SCLR) due to waterlogging.
Residents of the stretch near Halav bridge on (SCLR) got agitated after water started entering their homes. The local police had to be deployed to ease the situation.
Waterlogging was also reported in Juhu area opposite Hotel Tulip Star, outside Borivali (west) railway station, LBS Marg in Kurla, Dharavi, Hindmata, Cama Lane, Byculla, Juhu circle towards Barfiwala lane, Khar Danda road, southbound stretch of Pedder Road, SV Road near Nanavati hospital.
Due to two incidents of tree collapse at Kemps Corner and Veera Desai Road in Andheri (w) the traffic movement in these areas was severely affected.
Joint commissioner, traffic, Dr BK Upadhyaya said, "Additional traffic policemen had been deployed to control the situation. Diversions were also put into place wherever necessary."