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Mumbai rains: BMC bans people from visiting beaches; find out the schedules, details here

Hours after the Indian Meteorological Department’s red alert warning on July 7, Brihanmumbai Municipality issued an order banning people from visiting the city’s beaches on those days.

However, he said the beaches will remain open to people between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. on those days. This measure was taken to prevent drowning incidents in the Arabian Sea, an official said.

“It is hereby ordered that during the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) orange and red alert period, the beaches of Mumbai should be open to the general public between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. only,” the order issued by the City Commissioner and said administrator Iqbal Singh Chahal.

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Additionally, Chahal said necessary instructions should be placed on all of these beaches to immediately notify people of these restrictions.

The order was issued following the forecast of heavy rain and in order to prevent incidents of drowning, the official said.

Earlier, the IMD issued a heavy rain alert for Maharashtra on Wednesday and the next two days as the state capital Mumbai continued to experience heavy downpours for the third consecutive day. Several incidents of waterlogging, landslides and traffic disruptions have been reported.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde has urged authorities to be on guard during the monsoon and ensure there is no loss of life.

Further, Shinde ordered the appointment of a nodal officer who can coordinate with Brihan Mumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Indian Railways especially during monsoon. He called on the railways – Central Railway, Western Railway and Mumbai Metro – to remain vigilant and coordinate with the BMC to ensure rail services do not break down during heavy rains in the city.

With PTI inputs.

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