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

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

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

"The food is cooked under suitable environment in the base kitchen under proper supervision all time", a senior IRCTC official told The Indian Express. He has also reported that as the train departs late at 9 am many passengers came early and consumed breakfast from the station or outside.

Officials of IRCTC, which manages the catering service for the train, said an inquiry needed to be done to assess the reason why the passengers fell ill. The train was stopped at Chiplun station as 12 of the 26 passengers were severely afflicted with diarrhea and vomiting and had to be rushed to Chiplun's private Life Care Hospital by railway authorities. The train, that was travelling to Mumbai from Goa had to be halted when passengers started feeling uneasy after having breakfast. Passengers have complained of poor quality of food being served on the train in the past.

According to the Newspaper, In an official communication, IRCTC assured of strict action. Figures reveal that an increasing number of passengers prefer to not eat the food served onboard the premium luxury train especially since the Railway made it an optional add-on payable service. The other 14 taken to hospital as a "precautionary measure" were discharged.

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The IRCTC general manager has proceeded to Chiplun for coordination at the hospital for all arrangements for ensuring the passengers comfort and onward movement, IRCTC stated. A group of seven passengers complained of nausea and were attended to by the onboard supervisor. Food samples, including the soup sachets, were taken for testing.

The IRCTC also said that a probe has been launched to ascertain the source of food poisoning.

"The passengers admitted to hospital are out of danger", the IRCTC official added.

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