Published: Mon, October 16, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Tejas Express: 26 fall sick after having food on train

Tejas Express: 26 fall sick after having food on train

Earlier, in a scathing report, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) had revealed major lapses on the part of Indian Railways catering services and said that the food and water sold at the railway stations and trains were "unfit for human consumption".

Director Catering services is proceeding to Mumbai to follow up the matter.

The IRCTC also said that all the passengers admitted in hospital were "out of danger". Around noon, two hours after breakfast, the passengers started feeling uneasy. The train was on its way from Goa to Mumbai when passengers complained about their deteriorating condition. Of the 24 passengers, three are in the intensive care unit.

The Tejas Express, one of the premium trains of the Indian Railways, connects Mumbai and Karmali in Goa. "This is unfortunate and strict action would be taken against all those responsible", said the official. A spokesperson of IRCTC added, "Initially, seven passengers complained of nausea and were attended by the on-board supervisor. And the passengers were taken to government and private hospital", he said.

Tejas Expres, 22120, was en route Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus from Karmali when it had to be halted in between at Chiplun to admit the passengers. The official said, "We still do not know whether food poisoning was from veg or non-vegetarian food".

The IRCTC said all the passengers now hospitalised were out of danger and the same has been confirmed by hospital authorities.

The train also comes equipped with vending machines serving tea and coffee, snack tables, books, and food items pertaining to the local cuisine. "The kitchen where food was prepared was inspected by area officer Madgaon after the incident and samples collected for testing", IRCTC stated.

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