26 take ill after meal on Goa-Mumbai train, 3 in ICU

Frederick Owens
October 16, 2017

Food samples have been collected for further investigation; in all, 220 meals were served. Mumbai-based Jayesh Nadkarni's sister was travelling in the train along with their niece and a nephew. Sanjay Prabhu, a passenger who also suffered from severe dehydration, said, "We were given breakfast after 9 am and at around 12.30 pm, we were served soup with bread sticks".

25 passengers who had complained of food poisoning deboarded the train at Chiplun Station.

Tejas Express is the country's first semi-high speed fully AC train service launched between Karmali railway station in Goa and Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Terminal in June this year.

Promised in the budget, Tejas Express will also be pressed into service in Delhi-Chandigarh and Delhi-Lucknow sectors, according to the railways. A spokesperson of IRCTC added, "Initially, seven passengers complained of nausea and were attended by the on board supervisor". IRCTC has issued a show cause notice to the contractor.The kitchen where the food was prepared was inspected by area officer at Madgaon after the incident.

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The pantry auto is operated by the IRCTC on the Tejas. But, they are still under observation of the doctors of the private hospital, where they were taken to.

The train was given an out of course halt at Chiplun where a railway doctor attended the ailing passengers. "Enquiry has been ordered to investigate the cause", Saxena told ANI.

Following the incident, Director, Catering Services was rushed to Mumbai to take a follow up on the matter, as hospital authorities declared all admitted passengers out of danger.

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.

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