Locals come to the rescue of stranded passengers in Nalla Sopara

Mumbai :Locals came to the rescue of the stranded passengers of the 12928 Up Vadodara Express who were caught in the torrential downpour at Nalla Sopara. Since 0330 hours, they were left in the confines of the general coach of the train for the past 12 hours, without food and water.  The Mumbai Ahmedabad Shatabdi Express morning train was also stranded at Nalla Sopara, but was reverted to Vasai, and passengers returned home from Vasai in local trains, according to sources.

   Joy Ojha (29, pictured in beard and yellow T shirt) a resident of  Borivali and had returned from Dubai, where he works in a diamond bourse. I boarded the Vadodara express train from Surat at around 0130 hours Tuesday and we are stuck between Virar and Nalla Sopara since 0330 hours without food and water. Only at around noon, locals helped us in providing us food, water and other essentials and we are thankful to them,said Ojha. Said Fizzah Jaffri (in scarf,pictured), a banker with Citibank, Goregaon, and a Mira Road resident, we were totally at the mercy of nature, and we had no help until locals and later Western Railway (WR) officials came to our rescue, and provided uswith food and water,she said. Imagine we were stranded for 12 hours straight in the general coach of the Vadodara express and we had no clue what was in store,said Jaffri.

The water level was so high,that it touched the footboard of our coach and we were just helpless,she said, and also worse, the power supply in the coach conked out as the WR had switched off power supply for safety reasons,, and our mobile battery was low and fortunately by mid morning, power was restored and our battery was charged,she said. 

Meantime, locals from the Rotary Club of Palghar, Dahanu Vaitarna Pravasi Sangh, Kutch Yuvak Sangh, Neon Foundation, Ram Mandir temple trust, Palghar, Jain Group and other social organisations swung into action and provided "khichdi" (mixed rice) upma, tea, biscuits, water bottles to the passengers of the 19708 Up Jaipur Bandra Aravali Express, and the Saurashtra Mail, which was stationed at Palghar, and also the members provided meals to all the stranded passengers between Virar and Dahanu. We provided around 3,000 meal packets and 600 water bottles to the passengers, said a local who helped in the same.


Meantime, the National Disaster Management Force (NDRF) with 6 boats reached the core spot : Nalla Sopara, where there was flooding and evacuated the passengers in the Vadodara and Shatabdi express trains. A second team of the NDRF provided food packets to the stranded passengers of the above trains at Nalla Sopra, which was marooned due to the rising water levels.  The Shatabdi Express returned to Vasai which was pulled by an engine  where passengers made onward journey  back to Mumbai as Nalla Sopara was cut off by road due to the waterlogging. Nalla Sopara continues to remain worse and only by late evening, train services would resume, said a Vasai Virar civic offiicial who is in direct coordination with Dr Prashant Narnaware, District Collector, Palghar.

  According to the Collector's office, rain water has entered homes in Nalla Sopara, and the Global City, Nalla Sopara-Bolinj Road, Nalla Sopara railhead to Nalla Sopara police station, Vasant Nagari, Evershine City, Tulinj-Achchole Road, Manickpur Naka to Vasai railhead, Panchavati Bridge in Vasai is waterlogged.



  According to Palghar police, there is slow moving traffic on both sides of the Mumbai Ahmedabad National Highway due to the torrential downpour. The road connecting Vasai village between Ambadi Naka to Manickpur Naka has been closed for vehicular traffic due to waterlogging, said Hemant Katkar, PRO, Palghar Police. At Kolgaon village in Palghar, we have closed traffic between Palghar and Boisar for the waterlogging issue,he said. We have rescued around 60 persons from the village in Mitaghar and took them to dry and safe location, said the official.



The local agencies led by the Fire Brigade rescued a full term pregnant woman from Mitaghar village in Vasai which got flooded due to the rising water levels, said Katkar. The Fire Brigade used a rubber boat to transport to take her a dry spot near a hotel, and administered medicines and later taken to a hospital as she developed labour pains,said an official. Around 10 persons were rescued by the Fire Brigade, at Manickpur, who were working on a garden near a temple in Manickpur at Gaas Road,said the official.


Two persons  had gone to enjoy the swelling waters in Dongarpada in Virar of which one person, identified as Rakesh Khot (30) of Deshmukhali in Virar drowned and he has been identified by his relatives,said police.


  Around 20 persons were rescued by the Disaster Management Unit (DMU) when water entered their homes in Bhoidapada,Vagralpada in Waliv,Vasai. The NDRF, Fire Brigade, Police, Revenue and other officials are at the spot to rescue the others marooned due to the flooding,said Katkar.​