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Tejas Express: 26 fall sick after having food on train

Tejas Express: 26 fall sick after having food on train

Tejas Express: 26 fall sick after having food on train

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.

IRCTC tweeted, "Dear Sir/Ma'am, We understand your concern.We would like to assure you that all the passengers now hospitalized are out of danger and the same has been confirmed by hospital authorities".

Officials of IRCTC, which manages the catering service for the train, said an inquiry needed to be done to assess the reason why the passengers fell ill.

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They were admitted to a hospital. According to some of the passengers, they were served breakfast at 9.30 am followed by vegetable tomato soup at noon. An official in IRCTC said: "A showcause notice has been served to the catering contractor and strict action is contemplated if found guilty". The other 14 taken to hospital as a "precautionary measure" were discharged.

The passengers have the option of selecting vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. An IRCTC spokesperson said, "First, a group of seven passengers complained and were attended to by the on-board supervisor".

"The passengers admitted to hospital are out of danger", the IRCTC official added. Figures reveal that an increasing number of passengers prefer to not eat the food served onboard the premium luxury train especially since the Railway made it an optional add-on payable service. Meanwhile, two groups of 15 passengers also complained of nausea. The official said, "We still do not know whether food poisoning was from veg or non-vegetarian food". "This was also confirmed by on board manager Ashish who regularly monitors this train", Pinakin Morawala, chief public relations officer, IRCTC said.

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