On the first day of the North East monsoon of this year the public transport system withstood the heavy rains with commuters finding not much of difficulties in getting buses, suburban trains and metro services.
The Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) operated the same number of 3,200 buses which would be operated on weekdays though the commuters population being low as also the crowds in the suburban train services even during the peak hours.
S. Purusoth, a resident of Ambattur, said it was a pleasant surprise to see the buses at the Ambattur OT bus terminus not packed with commuters during peak morning hours. .
A senior official of the Chennai division of Southern Railway with a few instances of water logging on the railway tracks in north Chennai at Tondiarpet and Korukkupet and the falling of a tree on the west section near Villivakkam railway station, suburban train services on all the four stretches of more than 650 services were operated without any delays.
Chennai Metro Rail services have also been operated as per the schedule and have not been affected by the rains so far. According to officials of Chennai Metro Rail Limited, the service began as usual at 5 a.m. and till 10.30 a.m. it has been operated without any issue.
Electricity supply not affected in most parts
Another positive feature experienced by the residents in the city was the uninterrupted power supply. Even during the heavy rains on Monday night no disruption of power services were faced in major parts of the city.
Electricity department officials have been creating awareness about the precautionary measures to be taken by residents, through social media to residents welfare associations, to avoid electrocution.