Tejas Express food makes 26 ill

Tejas Express food makes 26 ill

Tejas Express food makes 26 ill

Meanwhile, IRCTC has issued a show-cause notice to the caterer of Tejas Express. The train was slated to reach Mumbai at 7.45 pm. "Staff accompanied passengers to hospital", IRCTC tweeted. "Director Catering service is proceeding to Mumbai to follow up the matter". As per an ANI, L K Verma, CPRO, Konkan Railway said, "All passengers taken to Lifecare Hospital at Maharashtra's Chiplun".

According to reports three passengers out of 24 are in the intensive care unit.

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A Central Railway official, who did not want to be named, told IANS: "The passengers complained of uneasiness and nausea around 12.10 p.m. after eating the breakfast served to them".

Tejas Express, which was launched on Goa-Mumbai route in June as India's first semi-high speed full AC train, has been in news mostly for controversies. When contacted by the Deccan Chronicle, IRCTC general manager, Arvind Malkhede claimed that they are not sure if the food served by them can be linked to the suspected food-poisoning incident. Till late evening all the passengers were said to be stable but they were kept under observation at the private hospital, said officials.

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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. An IRCTC spokesperson said, "First, a group of seven passengers complained and were attended to by the on-board supervisor". After couple of hours, more passengers complained of similar symptoms, it said. "The kitchen where food was prepared was inspected by area officer Madgaon after the incident and samples collected for testing", IRCTC stated.

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.

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