Mumbai Lockdown: Dystopian Scenes Show the City’s Unseen, Empty Side

India | News18.com | April 7, 2020, 8:14 pm
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 Services of Mumbai’s spinal life line, the Mumbai local, have been shut for all barring staff members. As a result, Andheri station’s premises have been shut and cordoned off. Vacant EMU rakes stand still across Andheri station’s empty platforms, in what makes for a scene straight out of fiction. (Image: News18/Shouvik Das)
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Services of Mumbai’s spinal life line, the Mumbai local, have been shut for all barring staff members. As a result, Andheri station’s premises have been shut and cordoned off. Vacant EMU rakes stand still across Andheri station’s empty platforms, in what makes for a scene straight out of fiction. (Image: News18/Shouvik Das)

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 Gate closures such as these in Andheri station further add to the dystopian. What sets this situation apart is the lack of vendor stalls, which typically sell a wide variety of snacks. Opposite to the closed-down gate, a solitary general store remains open. (Image: News18/Shouvik Das)
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Gate closures such as these in Andheri station further add to the dystopian. What sets this situation apart is the lack of vendor stalls, which typically sell a wide variety of snacks. Opposite to the closed-down gate, a solitary general store remains open. (Image: News18/Shouvik Das)

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 The main staircase of Andheri station’s main west gate has likely never been this empty, ever. At around 10AM, which generally makes for peak office hour rush on any other Tuesday, the sight is stark. (Image: News18/Shouvik Das)
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The main staircase of Andheri station’s main west gate has likely never been this empty, ever. At around 10AM, which generally makes for peak office hour rush on any other Tuesday, the sight is stark. (Image: News18/Shouvik Das)

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 Inside a BEST bus that stands parked at the Andheri bus depot. While buses are plying to aid travel for essential services and professionals, the volume of passengers is a fraction of what it was in normal times. (Image: News18/Shouvik Das)
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Inside a BEST bus that stands parked at the Andheri bus depot. While buses are plying to aid travel for essential services and professionals, the volume of passengers is a fraction of what it was in normal times. (Image: News18/Shouvik Das)

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 The station road in Andheri West is typically choc-a-bloc with auto rickshaws, the kaali-peeli taxis, Ola and Uber cabs, private cars and a steady stream of pedestrians walking by. In days of lockdown, the road is unthinkably empty. (Image: News18/Shouvik Das)
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The station road in Andheri West is typically choc-a-bloc with auto rickshaws, the kaali-peeli taxis, Ola and Uber cabs, private cars and a steady stream of pedestrians walking by. In days of lockdown, the road is unthinkably empty. (Image: News18/Shouvik Das)

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 Inside Churchgate station, empty EMU rakes stand idle as the entire station remains empty for what feels like the first time ever. As a CRPF official told News18, only three trains are plying in the morning, afternoon and night for railway staff. (Image: News18/Shouvik Das)
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Inside Churchgate station, empty EMU rakes stand idle as the entire station remains empty for what feels like the first time ever. As a CRPF official told News18, only three trains are plying in the morning, afternoon and night for railway staff. (Image: News18/Shouvik Das)

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 Mumbai, (in)famous for its severe crowds, stands steady through lockdown, but going through its streets is a bizarre experience, one without traffic jams and bustle. (Image: News18/Shouvik Das)
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Mumbai, (in)famous for its severe crowds, stands steady through lockdown, but going through its streets is a bizarre experience, one without traffic jams and bustle. (Image: News18/Shouvik Das)

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 All passenger entries to the station remain shut, as all commuter services remain shut down until further announcement from the central and state governments. (Image: News18/Shouvik Das)
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All passenger entries to the station remain shut, as all commuter services remain shut down until further announcement from the central and state governments. (Image: News18/Shouvik Das)

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 Only a handful of essential staff, who are on rotational duty, intersperse the silence inside Churchgate station. (Image: News18/Shouvik Das)
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Only a handful of essential staff, who are on rotational duty, intersperse the silence inside Churchgate station. (Image: News18/Shouvik Das)

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 The outside gates of Churchgate station remain firmly shut. The usual commotion of taxis and local vendors have been drawn off the streets. (Image: News18/Shouvik Das)
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The outside gates of Churchgate station remain firmly shut. The usual commotion of taxis and local vendors have been drawn off the streets. (Image: News18/Shouvik Das)

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 The iconic CST also remains under lockdown. Mumbai Police officials confirmed to News18 that only freight train services for essential items remain functional at CST. Being one of the busiest train stations in the world, the vacant CST reflects the severity of the situation we are in today. (Image: News18/Shouvik Das)
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The iconic CST also remains under lockdown. Mumbai Police officials confirmed to News18 that only freight train services for essential items remain functional at CST. Being one of the busiest train stations in the world, the vacant CST reflects the severity of the situation we are in today. (Image: News18/Shouvik Das)

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 Rented cabs on essential services duty all sit lined up, in alleyways that are typically hoarded by porters and hawkers ferrying their trade. (Image: News18/Shouvik Das)
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Rented cabs on essential services duty all sit lined up, in alleyways that are typically hoarded by porters and hawkers ferrying their trade. (Image: News18/Shouvik Das)

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 The main entrance gate of the 151-year-old St Xavier’s College, Mumbai, in Marine Lines, remains firmly shut. All educational institutions are either in hiatus or operating from homes of teachers, students and staff. (Image: News18/Shouvik Das)
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The main entrance gate of the 151-year-old St Xavier’s College, Mumbai, in Marine Lines, remains firmly shut. All educational institutions are either in hiatus or operating from homes of teachers, students and staff. (Image: News18/Shouvik Das)

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 The iconic Marine Drive remains absolutely deserted, and most likely looks the cleanest in recent memory. The only presence is by Mumbai Police outposts spread across Marine Drive. (Image: News18/Shouvik Das)
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The iconic Marine Drive remains absolutely deserted, and most likely looks the cleanest in recent memory. The only presence is by Mumbai Police outposts spread across Marine Drive. (Image: News18/Shouvik Das)

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 The vast, empty stretch continues for miles across Marine Drive. The city remains under careful watch through regular blockades inspecting possible trespassers of the rule. (Image: News18/Shouvik Das)
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The vast, empty stretch continues for miles across Marine Drive. The city remains under careful watch through regular blockades inspecting possible trespassers of the rule. (Image: News18/Shouvik Das)

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 Seen in the distance is Nariman Point, one of Mumbai’s poshest neighbourhoods. (Image: News18/Shouvik Das)
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Seen in the distance is Nariman Point, one of Mumbai’s poshest neighbourhoods. (Image: News18/Shouvik Das)

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 Usually populated parts of the promenade in front of The Trident, Nariman Point stand entirely empty. (Image: News18/Shouvik Das)
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Usually populated parts of the promenade in front of The Trident, Nariman Point stand entirely empty. (Image: News18/Shouvik Das)

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 The vital Bandra-Worli Sea Link remains largely empty, and passage through the cross-sea link road is highly restricted, with only essential professionals allowed to commute through. (Image: News18/Shouvik Das)
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The vital Bandra-Worli Sea Link remains largely empty, and passage through the cross-sea link road is highly restricted, with only essential professionals allowed to commute through. (Image: News18/Shouvik Das)

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