Tejas Express food poisoning: All 26 passengers discharged from hospitals in Chiplun

A day after the shocking incident of food poisoning of 24 passengers on board the Goa-Mumbai Tejas Express, the IRCTC on Monday suspended two officials and served a show-cause notice to another, official sources said here.

"From the perusal of interaction with passengers, statements given by passengers, on duty TTEs, AC mechanic and pantry staff, it appears that the food quality served on Tejwas Express was satisfactory", the report submitted by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) assistant general manager Rajesh Rana said. The train runs between CSMT to Karmali. The statement also informed that around 230 passengers were served either omelettes or vegetarian cutlets as the breakfast. Till late evening all the passengers were said to be stable but they were kept under observation at the private hospital, said officials. "The Konkan Railway officials had arranged first aid and ambulances for the passengers".

"Passengers, who were admitted to the hospital, complained of uneasiness soon after having their breakfast served on the train. The kitchen, where the food was prepared, was inspected by the Madgaon area officer after the incident and samples, including soup sachets, have been taken for testing", he said. The train was stopped at Chiplun railway station around 3.15 pm and the passengers who complained were de-boarded and hospitalised.

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"He very clearly and categorically said that there was no problem with food quality", the report added. "(The group) also reported that from the last 16 days they have been travelling to various places in Maharashtra and Goa and carrying their own cooks and food material", the report stated. "Follow of action and monitoring is being done to ensure proper assistance".

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. The 20-coach Tejas Express was the first Indian Railways' train to have automatic doors and secured gangways for all coaches.

  • Adam Floyd