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Mumbai’s first downpour and Rs 4k crore Metro springs leaks, images go viral

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Residents of Mumbai are used to flooded roads and flooded railway tracks. But what they faced on the brand new Mumbai Metro at 11 am on Wednesday morning was something even they were not prepared for.

mumbai metro water leakageMumbai Metro took a total of 8 years to construct and INR 4,321 crore (about $720 million) by way of cost. The project is headed by Anil Ambani’s Reliance Infrastructure. Mumbai Metro, what should have been a state of the art system, has seen leakages in the first month of use.

Mumbai city’s first showers not only drenched Mumbaikars on the streets, flooded roads and rail tracks but also poured into the Ghatkopar bound Mumbai Metro, giving travellers an opportunity for an unwanted Rain Dance. Tweets and complaints went viral stating showers of rain that came in from AC vents. Commuters whipped out their smartphones and instantly uploaded pictures and videos of the sheets of water that came pouring out from AC ducts giving Mumbai Metro passengers their first monsoon drenching.

Mumbai Metro’s response to these complaints took time to filter in with a tweet at 7:21 pm saying problem was detected at 11:30 am with the train being taken out of service and would be back next day. On Facebook, Mumbai Metro stated at 5:30 pm that the morning’s issue was reported to the technical team who were inspecting and rectifying the problem.

Mumbai Metro commenced construction in 2008 and has seen a delay of four years during which cost of project increased from INR 2,356 to INR 4,321 crores. It is India’s first public private partnership metro project operated by Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd (MMOPL), which is a joint venture company between RIL and the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).


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Pearl Daniels

Pearl Daniels

Former freelance writer, Pearl Daniels is in the auto industry since 2011, having established herself as a widely read staff writer since 2013. Her keen eye for industry news, daily need to break down latest events, and quest to not miss a single launch detail, gives you the most refreshing morning news on weekdays.

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  • roughguy

    Now mumbaikars have one more reason to get jealous of Delhi guys. :-p

    • Ajinkya Ranade

      hahahahhha, i knew this one was coming 😛

      • roughguy

        Anyways, its good for you guys. Rain Dance in the metro and that too for FREE FREE FREE!!!!