Three train passengers die in UP due to heatwave, say officials
Three elderly passengers succumbed to heatwave in Uttar Pradesh while they were travelling in the Aastha Express.india Updated: May 17, 2017 21:04 IST
Three elderly passengers succumbed to heatwave in Uttar Pradesh while they were travelling in the Aastha Express, officials said. The train had set off from Guwahati on May 9 with 547 passengers on board.
Two passengers died on Tuesday and the third on Wednesday. One of the deceased was a woman.
Northeast Frontier Railway officials said the train had been rented out to the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC). The corporation had charged Rs 8,100 from each passenger for food, travel and two nights’ accommodation in north India.
Some passengers complained that they were not being served adequate water during the journey. However, a passenger, Umakanta Mali, said they were being served water thrice a day along with meals. “We cannot expect IRCTC to serve 10-12 litres of drinking water to each passenger. It is our responsibility to buy the extra water,” he said.
NFR officials said they were in touch with IRCTC to ensure the comfort of the passengers.
“The passengers were given medical attendance. According to IRCTC, the complaint about water has been taken care of,” NFR chief spokesperson Pranav Jyoti Sharma said.
IRCTC’s joint general manager (tourism) SA Karim said many of the passengers were aged and weak. “The heat took its toll during the return trip. We took adequate care and provided medical help whenever a passenger fell ill,” he said.
IRCTC’s regional manager PK Dutta said medical test would be conducted for passengers before such tours are organised.