Intercity travellers stuck on trains up to 12 hrs

MUMBAI: Passengers stranded aboard intercity trains spent long, anxious hours alongside Vasai, Nalasopara, Virar and Dahanu as the tracks flooded, bringing the locomotives to a halt. Their ordeal that lasted 12 hours or extra without food and water was compounded by means of lugging baggage via waist-deep water amid rumours of snake sightings.

The government got here up woefully quick as travellers had been left to their very own gadgets. Initially, Sikh gurdwara volunteers and Good Samaritans brought them food and water. At 11.34am, Western Railway announced that it was arranging food for the weary travellers. However, the particular educate carrying round 2,000 food packets was dispatched from Mumbai Central to Naigaon as late as 7pm when most of them had long gone home already.

The bunching of trains alongside Nalasopara started with the Vadodara Express 12928 at three.25am. This educate, which runs down Vadodara to Mumbai Central, was the worst affected. Vadodara Express has a night-long six-hour journey and no pantry automotive so the passengers had been left without food and water.

Chandni T, the daughter of a kidney affected person on dialysis, and any other woman, Fizza, travelling together with her elderly mom, tweeted their discomfort. Chandni’s father was caught in a educate for 13 hours from 5am and to 6pm.

Daksha Karwatkar said senior voters and kids had been travelling in her AC coach whose power was switched off. Karwatkar informed TOI from her coach: “Only a few locals presented us food and water. We are caught between Virar and Nalasopara for 12 hours. The coach is so stuffy. We are are looking forward to the water to recede.” Around 2pm, Joy Oza (27) jumped off Vadodara Express and waded during the tracks. He said, “I trudged to Nalasopara freeway and took a rickshaw to Dahisar.” NDRF rescued some 1,000 passengers from Vadodara Express within the night, some of whom had been publish at a close-by dharamshala.

Near Vaitarna station, the ones stranded since early Tuesday said the bathrooms had became unusable. Passengers had been left without cellular fee.

Meanwhile, 50 individuals of Shri Virar Kutchi Visa Oswal Jain Seva Samaj helped stranded passengers with theplas, poha, puri, rotis, tea and water (see p.c). Volunteer Tarun Vora said they helped the ones aboard Vadodara Express, Bhuj Bandra Express, Lokshakti Express and Bhavnagar-Bandra-Jamnagar Express, amongst other trains.

Western Railway has asked Vasai-Virar civic body to support its drainage and assemble a wall alongside tracks.

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