Mumbai braves the terror



Image: Hostel students writing on boards to indicate availability of rooms for terror victims to stay the night.

IN the night of terror, Mumbaikars showed their grit, spine, tenacity and humanism. Salaam Mumbai for standing up to terror without blinking first.

Slum dwellers were the first to run towards the local trains ripped apart in the blasts. Tearing through burning debris, people pulled out survivors, fashioned makeshift stretchers out of bedsheets and carted off the injured to the nearest hospital in autorickshaws and taxis.

The cabbies of Mumbai rose to the occasion. They pooled in the victims, kept their cool and braved the traffic and rain and made their way to the nearest hospitals. And, they did not put down their meter.

BEST immediately got going, taking over the charge of ferrying stranded commuters from Churchgate to Andheri. As many as 108 buses were pressed into service between 7 and 9pm.

Western Railway resumed services by 9 pm.

Residents' groups in Mahim, Bandra and Borivli arranged for water and food for people walking all the way home. The indomitable spirit of the city had set the pace once more. Salaam Mumbai.
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