Jagan visits train accident victims, promises help

  • Published Oct 30, 2023 | 6:06 PMUpdated Oct 30, 2023 | 6:06 PM
  • Published Oct 30, 2023 | 6:06 PMUpdated Oct 30, 2023 | 6:06 PM
Jagan visits train accident victims, promises help

Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy visited the train accident victims and their family members. The victims are being treated in the government general hospital at Vizianagaram.

The chief minister promised that the government would stand by their families in the hour of crisis. He also told them that the ex-gratia announced by the state government would reach them at the earliest.

The chief minister also conducted aerial survey of the train accident place. Though he wanted to visit the site personally, he deferred it as his visit might delay the track restoration work. The railway officials have advised him not to visit the site.

Meanwhile, the coordinated efforts of various teams and agencies under the guidance of DRM, senior officials, the Collector, NDRF, SDRF, and others, contributed to the swift completion of restoration works. This involved carefully removing the damaged coaches and isolating tankers in adjacent tracks.

The track was restored within a short span of 19 hours, allowing for the resumption of train services. The first train passed on the down line, goods train, at 14:23hrs and the first train on the up line was the 18463

Bhubaneswar-KSR Bengaluru Prashanti express, which was admitted at 14:36hrs.

Divisional Railway Manager of Waltair Division, Saurabh Prasad said that the locopilot of Visakhapatnam- Rayagada train overshoot the signal and hit the Visakhapatnam- Palasa train which was head on the same track. There was no Kavach system on these two trains.

Earlier, the Chief Minister has expressed shock over the train mishap at Kantakapalli in Vizianagaram district and instructed the officials to carry out relief operations.

The Chief Minister instructed the officials to pay an ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh each to the kin of the deceased and Rs 2 lakh each to the injured from the State and a compensation of Rs 2 lakh each to the kin of the deceased and Rs. 50,000 each to the injured from other states.

Union Railway Minister Aswini Vaishnav telephoned the Chief Minister over the accident.

The Chief Minister informed him that rescue teams have been sent to the accident site and Education Minister Bosta Satyanarayana, District Collector and the SP are supervising the relief and rescue operations.

He further told the Union Minister that all arrangements were made in the nearby hospitals to treat the injured.

Earlier, on receiving information of the derailment of four bogies of the Rayagada bound passenger train near Vizianagaram, the Chief Minister instructed that Medical and Health, Revenue, Police and other department officials to coordinate and carry out relief operations immediately.