Kaifiyat Express derails in Uttar Pradesh, leaves over 70 injured

Kaifiyat Express, travelling from Azamgarh to New Delhi collided with a dumper on August 23,2017. The collision happened in Uttar Pradesh’s Auraiya district at around2:40 am.This incident took place between Pata and Achhalda railway stations. While eight coaches went off the tracks, one coach overturned because of the massive impact of the collision.

According to the Indian Express, more than 70 people were injured.The incident took place just days after the derailment of Utkal Express, travelling from Haridwar to Delhi. Over 20 passengers were killed as 14 coaches went off tracks.

Suresh Prabhu, railway minister tweeted, “A dumper hit the locomotive of the Kaifiyat Express, resulting in derailment of coaches.”

In a separate tweet, he said, “Some passengers have received Injuries and have been shifted to nearby hospitals.I am personally monitoring situation,rescue operations (are on).”

Sources said Yogi Adityanath, chief minister, Uttar Pradesh spoke to senior officials for details about the incident.

The Indian express reported that relief and rescue work began immediately after National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) reached the accident site.

G K Bansal, NCR Chief CPRO said, “A number of trains have been cancelled following derailment of Kaifiyat Express. These include the Kanpur-New Delhi Shatabdi Express, the Lucknow-Agra Cantt intercity express, the Lucknow-New Delhi Gomti Express and all passenger trains running on the Kanpur-Tundla section.”

According to the Times of India, five  trains including Howrah-New Delhi Rajdhani and around 40 local trains were also being diverted.

As per NCR sources, the dumper did not belong to the railways. In order to provide support to the victims, a medical train and a relief train were being dispatched from Allahabad. Additional forces and ambulance were rushed to the spot from Auraiya, Etawah and Kannauj.

 

Sources: Times of India, Indian Express, Hindustan Times

Railway food not fit for human consumption: CAG

An annual audit report compiled by the Comptroller Auditor General of India (CAG) has declared the food served in the railways and stations across India as “unsuitable for human consumption”.

After numerous complaints from passengers over the years, it is finally official that there are serious hygiene issues in regards to contaminated food, unauthorised brands of water bottles and packaged food items that are way beyond shelf life.

The audit has put the entire blame on the Railway Ministry for its frequent and unnecessary change in policies that has created a state of uncertainty in the management of catering services, reports TOI.

Screen grab of complaints.
Screen grab of complaints.

The team inspected 74 stations and 80 trains and concluded that the standards of cleanliness and hygiene were way below par at all catering units; the inspection reveals that unfiltered tap water was used to prepare beverages, waste bins were not covered and cleaned and food was being kept in places infested with cockroaches and flies.

The CAG also cracked down on the scam of overcharging passengers for food and beverages. It observed that the caterers did not provide menu cards and food was also served below prescribed quantity.

The report also thrashed the Integral Coach Factory located in Perumbar stating that the policy of progressive switch over from gas burners to electric power equipment in pantry cars to avoid the occurrence of fire accidents in trains was not followed while manufacturing the pantry cars.

News Source: TOI, News18

Image source: Indian Railways