Train passengers taken ill ate own food, says Official

Train passengers taken ill ate own food, says Official

At least 26 passengers were taken ill after having breakfast on board the recently-introduced high-tech Tejas Express when it was on way from Goa to Mumbai, on Sunday.

The train was on its way from Goa's Karmali to Mumbai's Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus.

Railway Ministry's spokesperson Anil Saxena had yesterday said a showcause notice had been served to the catering contractor and "strict action is contemplated" if he is found guilty.

Ambulances were requisitioned and they were admitted to a local hospital and are under observation, IRCTC stated. The passengers complained of pain and nausea after eating the breakfast served by the in-house pantry on the train around 10 in the morning, as per the Indian Express report. "(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. It has pulled up the Railways for mismanagement of catering services, poor quality food and monopolisation that has led to compromise in quality.

In a series of tweets, IRCTC said: "Food sample have been taken for investigation. A total of 230 breakfasts (117 Vegetarian + 113 Non Vegetarian) have been served".

According to the Newspaper, Konkan Railway officials said a few passengers complained of nausea and vomiting at around 12.30pm. "The cause of uneasiness amongst other passengers appears to be repercussion of above as vomiting on coach floor vitiated the air quality and triggered uneasiness", the inquiry report said.

"He very clearly and categorically said that there was no problem with food quality", the report added. "The uneasiness and smell caused the other passengers to throw up", said a member of the committee.

Country's first Tejas Express equipped with all modern passengers amenities like automatic doors, water sensors, tea/coffee vending machine was launched in May this year. It added that six passengers from this group fell ill and were hospitalised.