Day after blasts, Mumbaikars venture out boldly

A day after three three blasts rocked India`s financial and entertainment hub, Mumbaikars with their unshakable spirit on Thursday ventured out of their homes and resumed their daily chores.

Mumbai: A day after three three blasts rocked India`s financial and entertainment hub, Mumbaikars with their unshakable spirit on Thursday ventured out of their homes and resumed their daily chores.

On Wednesday evening, at least 17 people were killed and 131 injured as three blasts ripped through the city -- at Dadar in central Mumbai and Zaveri Bazaar and Opera House in south Mumbai -- making it the worst terror attack since the 26/11 savagery.

The city`s lifeline -- the Western Railway, Central Railway and the BEST buses -- had the usual crowds of office-goers this morning.

"Today, on account of very heavy rains in the city and Thane, a few people decided to stay put at home, but a majority are out as usual," Kiran S.V., an executive who works in Worli, barely three kilometres from the scene of blast in Dadar, told a news agency.

A resident of Mira Road suburb of Thane, she said even her two children went to school "as usual" and everything appeared to be like any other day.

Archana Shukla, who works in south Mumbai, said that she "never even expected" suburban trains to run empty today.

"I am a Mumbaikar and we shall not be scared by these terror attacks. Like me, lakhs of co-commuters are in the trains, buses and roads. It actually gives strength to each other," Archana said.

Mehul Shah, a tax consultant from Malad, said he started 15 minutes early for his office, anticipating delays on account of the rains and was happy to notice that thousands of other commuters had also started early for work.

Similarly, schools, colleges, shops and commercial establishments were open and working as usual all over the city and suburbs.

Meanwhile, train services on the Central Railway were disrupted Thursday morning due to heavy rains since Wednesday.

A railway official said that there was waterlogging on the tracks between Thane-Kalwe stations, leading to delays and disruption in services.

IANS

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