In one of the worst breakdowns the city has seen in the past monsoons, Vasai, Virar and Palghar were cut off from Mumbai by the heavy rains that lashed the region on Tuesday. Road and rail connectivity was cut off by waterlogging, and Vasai and Virar also lost electricity.
Meanwhile, the state government announced in the Assembly that the rains have claimed 62 persons in the state since June, and the Supreme Court lashed out at the government for not looking into the issue of solid waste management which it believed was one of the causes of the current waterlogging crisis.
"You see," said a bench of Justices M B Lokur and Deepak Gupta, "Delhi is getting buried under mountain loads of garbage and Mumbai is sinking. But yet, the government does not do anything. When the courts intervene, we are attacked for judicial activism".
Today The Mumbai-Ahmedabad Shatabdi Express was cancelled for the second consecutive day on Wednesday due to water-logging in Mumbai after heavy rainfall in the city.
The WR had on Tuesday announced the cancellation of 11 express trains during July 10 to July 13 because of waterlogging on tracks, while Central Railway (CR) announced the cancellation of five mail trains from July 10 to July 11, as per the statements issued by both the railways.
Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Mumbai Division of Western Railway, said in a series of tweets that both up and down Shatabdi Express between Mumbai and Ahmedabad were cancelled.
Besides the Shatabdi Express, a few other trains have also been cancelled due to water-logging on tracks.
"Trains are running on restricted speed only between Churchgate - Bhayander section. Further, positions of trains may change, depending upon the weather conditions," another tweet said.
Around 2,000 passengers of two Mumbai-bound trains, that got stuck between Nallasopara and Vasai stations of the Western Railway due to waterlogging this morning, were rescued by the NDRF and the police.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the police and fire brigade personnel rescued all the 2,000 passengers of Shatabdi Express and Vadodara Express, a Palghar district official said.
The services remained suspended between Nallasopara and Virar stations for the entire day on Tuesday, causing huge inconvenience to daily train commuters who travel on the busy western line.
A total of 150 suburban services remained cancelled.