First it was the bridge collapse on October 23 that claimed two lives and then Monday’s refusal by 150 motormen to do overtime that threw Central Railway (CR) out of gear. CR’s cup of woes is spilling over. Hindustan Times spoke to CR’s Chief Public Relations Officer Sriniwas Mudgerikar.
What has CR done to help the family of R Ramachandran, the motorman who lost his life in the Thane mishap? Why was there a delay in rescuing him?
We are also grieving and have full sympathy with his family. We did everything possible to save Ramachandran. On the day of his death, we announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh for his family and Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee announced Rs 10 lakh the next day. We will provide a job for one of his family members. We’ll find the cause of the accident and punish those responsible.
The delayed rescue has motormen very angry. This led to disruptions on Monday.
Our disaster cell did everything to save Ramachandran. The authorised motormen’s association did not disrupt services. There was a bomb hoax at Dombivli and services were delayed by 45 minutes to an hour.
Then who was responsible for the disruption?
There were small forums of motormen who didn’t work overtime; the authorised union was not part of it. We had to cancel 10 per cent of services.