Mumbai, December 4: After Maharashtra education minister Vinod Tawde declared a precautionary holiday for schools in Mumbai, Thane and other coastal regions, the state department has started preparing itself from the threat of cyclonic storm Ockhi. On Monday evening, as predicted by Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) Mumbai observed moderate rainfall. Some reports also suggest that deadly cyclone Ockhi has been gradually moving closer to the Indian coast.

“Precautionary holiday declared tomorrow for schools, colleges in Mumbai Metropolitan Region, Sindhudurg, Thane, Raigad & Palghar Districts for safety,” Vinod Tawde tweeted.

However, Mumbai University and affiliated colleges will not be closed tomorrow. All exams scheduled to be conducted as announced earlier, news agency ANI tweeted.

Following the threat, the Central Railway Mumbai Division updated all emergency number and also opened up an emergency cell at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and Kalyan.

“More than 250 railway police force and Maharashtra State Security Force personnel have been deployed on crowd management & other related activities at stations, yards etc. Break-down equipment such as Accident Relief Train, Accident Relief medical van, Road ART has been kept in readiness for any eventuality,” Central Railway tweeted.