Tejas passengers fall sick after breakfast, hospitalised

The food was served by a caterer contracted by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation. PTI File

Tejas Express, the country's first high-speed, boasting of Wi-Fi, LCD screens, and automatic doors, was flagged off on May 22.

In yet another incident that has hit Indian Railways, as many as 24 passengers felt ill in a suspected case of food poisoning after consuming meals from the onboard pantry of Karmali-Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Tejas Express on Sunday, as per an PTI.

Tejas Express, one of the premium trains of the Indian Railways, connects Mumbai with Karmali. Around 12.30 pm, soup was served.

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The IRCTC said all the passengers now hospitalised were out of danger and the same has been confirmed by hospital authorities.

Equipped with CCTV cameras besides smoke and fire detection system, the 19-coach Tejas train has bio- vacuum toilets and GPS-based passenger information display system. They were travelling to Mumbai for Diwali celebration. "Initially, I thought only I was having a problem but when I got down at Chiplun, I realised there were several others who were also suffering". "Monitoring is being done to ensure proper assistance", IRCTC said in a statement. An IRCTC spokesperson said that all the hospitalised passengers were out of danger. They were vomiting but nobody was critical. "There was a lack of medicines but the train staff members helped us". Around noon, two hours after breakfast, the passengers started feeling uneasy. All passengers were shifted to an empty coach and given medical treatment at the Chiplun station. The train took an unscheduled halt at Chiplun station where ailing passengers were rushed to Life Care Hospital.Six were kept under observation in the Intensive Care Unit but are now stable. All the passengers with symptoms of food poisoning were admitted in a hospital.

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