24 fall ill after consuming food on Tejas Express

The country's first high-speed Tejas Express boasting of Wi-Fi, LCD screens, and automatic doors, was flagged off on May 22. The train was on its way from Goa to Mumbai when passengers complained about their deteriorating condition.

Responding to the incident, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) said that "all the passengers now hospitalised are out of danger and the same has been confirmed by hospital authorities". "Director Catering service is proceeding to Mumbai to follow up the matter".

The IRCTC also said that all the passengers admitted in hospital were "out of danger".

"Passengers, who were admitted to the hospital, complained of uneasiness soon after having their breakfast served on the train".


Railway Ministry officials said the train was stopped at Chiplun in the Konkan region of Maharashtra following complaints by the passengers of train no 22120 Tejas with symptoms of food poisoning. An official in IRCTC said: "A showcause notice has been served to the catering contractor and strict action is contemplated if found guilty". A group of seven passengers complained of nausea and were attended to by the onboard supervisor.

Ambulances were requisitioned and they were admitted to a local hospital and are under observation, IRCTC stated. An official from IRCTC also explained that the soup served to the passengers is a ready-to-make soup which is prepared on board the train by the catering staff.

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 passenger, who was a doctor, attended to these passengers before the train could be halted at Chiplun, where they were given medical aid".


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