20 plus passengers taken ill after food poisoning

15 October, 2017, 20:21 | Author: Leticia Walters
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Passengers, who were admitted in the hospital, complained soon after having their breakfast served on the train.

About 24 passengers of Goa-Mumbai Tejas Express were on Sunday admitted to hospital after consuming breakfast served by on-board pantry auto operator.

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.

Saxena said a show cause notice has been served to the catering contractor and "strict action is contemplated" if he is found guilty.

"In Train no 22120 a case of food poisoning was reported while on run between Karmali and CSTM. Enquiry has been ordered to investigate the cause", Saxena told.

An IRCTC official said, "About 290 passengers were served breakfast".

According to officials, on learning passengers falling ill after consuming breakfast they were deboarded at Chiplun and rushed to government and private hospitals. The operator is contracted by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC). The train was on its way from Goa to Mumbai when passengers complained about their deteriorating condition.

The department also said that food samples had been collected for further investigation, adding that a total of 220 meals were served.

The audit report also observed that though a complaint redressal system has been put in place, "there is no reduction in the number of complaints over the years". After consuming the food served by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) on the Tejas Express, they complained of uneasiness, Konkan Railway Chairman and Managing Director Sanjay Gupta said.

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