Vastavam web: All 1,050 passengers on board Kolhapur-bound Mahalaxmi Express were rescued on Saturday in a multi-agency operation nearly 17 hours after the train was stranded near Vangani in Thane district due to flooding on tracks following heavy rains. Central Railway (CR) officials said all the passengers, including nine pregnant women, were rescued by 3 pm.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah praised the rescue teams and said the Centre was closely monitoring the situation. Teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Navy, Air Force, Army, Railways and state administration rescued all the passengers, he tweeted.
“Kudos to the rescue teams for their exemplary effort,” he said. The train had left Mumbai for Kolhapur on Friday night, but could not travel beyond Vangani, where it reached in the wee hours Saturday.Chief spokesperson of the CR Sunil Udasi said all 1,050 passengers were taken to a safe spot. “A special train with 19 coaches will leave from Kalyan to Kolhapur with the affected passengers of the Mahalaxmi Express,” Udasi said.