Kalka-Shimla train mishap: 'Satisfied with rly authorities' response'

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Sep 13, 2015 22:06 IST
Injured passengers were rushed to hospitals in Chandigarh. The train that left Kalka in Haryana at 12.40 pm and went off the tracks an hour into its journey. Gurminder Singh/HT

A day after the Kalka-Shimla toy train accident, which left two British women dead and 13 injured on Saturday in Parwanoo, British high commissioner Sir James Bevan said they were satisfied with the response of the Indian railway authorities.

Holding a press conference on Sunday at a local hotel, Bevan said, "I am here to lead the British government's reaction to train accident…I want to praise the Indian authorities for their support and the medical staff who treated the injured," he said, adding that it was a first class effort on their part.

Bevan said, "We are happy that the authorities have announced investigations and it is up to the passengers whether they wanted to depose before the inquiry committee."

He informed that some Britons have decided to continue with their holiday.

Bevan arrived in the city from Delhi on Sunday morning to meet the injured at Max hospital in SAS Nagar.

'No need of fresh advisory on travelling by toy train on Kalka-Shimla track'
On asking whether the British government would issue any advisory for those who would like to travel by toy train on Kalka-Shimla stretch, he said, "About 8 lakh British nationals visit India every year. I don't see any reason why I should change travel advice. But we will closely monitor the probe."

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