Utkal Express accident: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu orders inquiry, says no room for laxity
Source :NewsBharati Date :20-Aug-2017
Muzaffarnagar, Aug 20:Taking a serious note of horrifying train mishap in Uttar Pradesh that killed 23 citizens and more than 100 were injured, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said that he is closely monitoring the situation and further assured speedy action against guilty. The Railway Minister also has ordered an inquiry into the incident and directed concern officials to fix responsibility on prima facie evidence as early as possible.
Informing through his twitter account Prabhu said, "Will not allow laxity in operations by the Board. Have directed CRB to fix responsibility on prima facie evidence by end of day,"
On Saturday, Thirteen coaches of the high-speed Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express derailed around 5:45 pm in Khatauli in Muzaffarnagar district; two crashed into a residential area, ramming a house and a college. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has announced a compensation of Rs 3.5 lakh for the families of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for the seriously injured and Rs 25,000 for those who received minor injuries.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief over the derailment of the Utkal Express in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh. “Extremely pained by the derailment of the Utkal Express in Muzaffarnagar. My thoughts are with the families of the deceased. I wish those injured a speedy recovery.” Said Modi. He further informed that Railways Ministry and UP Government is continuously keeping eye on the situation and providing all assistance required in the wake of the train derailment.
Responding to the developments UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that state government is continuously in touch with railway ministry to speed up the rescue and relief operations. He also declared the financial assistance of Rs 2 lakh each to the families of those killed and Rs 50,000 each to those injured in the terrible mishap.
According to a statement by the Northern Railway, General Manager R.K. Kulshrestha is personally monitoring the relief work at site and Addl. General Manager, Northern Railway Manju Gupta is observing medical assistance work in the hospital personally. Meanwhile, Mohd Jamshed, Member Traffic of Railway Board said as per directions of Railway Ministry, strict action will be taken against those found guilty prima facie. He said traffic on the line will be restored around 10 pm today.