Kolkata passengers fall ill on Tejas Express, rail food under scanner

The food was served by a caterer contracted by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation. PTI File

IRCTC tweeted, "Dear Sir/Ma'am, We understand your concern.We would like to assure you that all the passengers now hospitalized are out of danger and the same has been confirmed by hospital authorities". The Tejas Express, a premium train, connects Mumbai and Karmali in Goa.The IRCTC has issued a show-cause notice to the caterer of Tejas Express , As Reported By Hindu. As per an ANI, L K Verma, CPRO, Konkan Railway said, "All passengers taken to Lifecare Hospital at Maharashtra's Chiplun".

In a letter addressed to all zonal general managers, the railway board had said that Goyal has asked that food served to passengers has the name of the supplier or contractor, weight, date of packing and a distinct symbol indicating if it is vegetarian or non-vegetarian.

An IRCTC official said, "About 290 passengers were served breakfast". 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 but an official said there was no risk to their lives.

"Today (Sunday), 26 passengers travelling in 22120 Karmali - CSTM Tejas Exp suffered from food poisoning". An IRCTC spokesperson said, "First, a group of seven passengers complained and were attended to by the on-board supervisor. And the passengers were taken to government and private hospital", he said. Officials added that the food sample of breakfast and soup was sent for testing. "After couple of hours, more passengers complained of similar symptoms".

Some confusion prevailed after Konkan Railway Corporation Railway put the number of ill passengers at 26 while the IRCTC said it was 24.

Equipped with CCTV cameras besides smoke and fire detection system, the 19-coach Tejas train has bio- vacuum toilets and GPS-based passenger information display system.

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