26 passengers on board Tejas Express take ill after consuming railway food

Tuesday, 17 Oct, 2017

The passengers were headed towards Mumbai.

Mumbai: A day after 15 passengers onboardthe Goa-Mumbai Tejas Express, a premier amenities-rich train, had to be admitted to a private hospital in Chiplun after they started complaining of nausea and diarrhoea, the railway has managed to absolve itself of blame, holding passengers responsible instead.

The train was on its way from Karmali in Goa to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, but was stopped at Chiplun on the Konkan Railway route to provide medical aid and hospitalize some of the victims. None of the patients was in serious condition, Gupta said.

Mall said IRCTC officials spoke to other passengers travelling in the train and "there were no adverse remarks".

Promised in the budget, Tejas Express will also be pressed into service in Delhi-Chandigarh and Delhi-Lucknow sectors, according to the railways. Soon after the complaint, a show cause notice was served on the catering contractor. It said that the "suspected" food poisoning was triggered by two children who vomited inside the train coach floor that "vitiated the air quality and triggered uneasiness" among all other passengers. The CAG has pointed out several loopholes in managing the catering services. The caterer has been supplying food in the premium train for three months. Water used for cooking purposes was not purified.

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It further stated that the train departed at 9 am from Karmali and 230 passengers were served breakfast on board. An IRCTC spokesperson said, "First, a group of seven passengers complained and were attended to by the on-board supervisor".

A preliminary interaction with the passengers, train conductor and travelling ticket examiners and AC mechanics revealed that there were two groups - one from Himachal Pradesh and another from West Bengal which were among the affected.

The official statement by the committee said that the feedback from passengers over the quality of food was satisfactory. IRCTC has ordered an enquiry into the incident and has even collected some food samples for the same.

Many passengers who travelled by the Tejas express are fuming with this occurrence and have demanded stern action to be taken against the officials concerned. It has all the modern frills, including LED TV and coffee vending machines.