17 Jun 2024

Kanchenjunga Express Accident: PM Modi condoles loss of lives, announces ex-gratia; Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw leaves for mishap site

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condoled the loss of lives due to railway accident involving Kanchenjunga Express in West Bengal. The Prime Minister assured that rescue operations are underway to assist the affected while the Union Minister for Railways, Ashwini Vaishnaw is on the way to the site of the mishap. The Prime Minister’s Office announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh from PMNRF to the next of kin of each deceased and Rs. 50,000 for those injured. 

The Prime Minister posted on X;

“The railway accident in West Bengal is saddening. Condolences to those who lost their loved ones. I pray that the injured recover at the earliest. Spoke to officials and took stock of the situation. Rescue operations are underway to assist the affected. The Railways Minister Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw Ji is on the way to the site of the mishap as well.”

The Prime Minister’s Office posted on X;

“PM Narendra Modi has announced that an ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh from PMNRF would be given to the next of kin of each deceased in the railway mishap in West Bengal. The injured would be given Rs. 50,000.”

Railway Minister Ashwani Vaishnav has said that relief and rescue work is being done on a war footing.

He said- "An unfortunate accident has happened in the NFR zone. Rescue operation is going conducted on a war footing. Railways, NDRF and SDRF are working together. The injured are being taken to the hospital. Senior officials have reached the spot."

Goods train had overshot the signal

Meanwhile, the goods train that hit a Kanchenjunga Express this morning in West Bengal's Darjeeling district had overshot the signal, officials said. At least eight died and two dozen passengers suffered injuries after the express train traveling from Silchar, Assam to Sealdah, Kolkata was rammed by the goods train near Rangapani station, close to New Jalpaiguri. The last three coaches of the express train were derailed and many more were affected, it is learnt.

The loco-pilot of the goods train, his assistant, and the guard of the passenger train are among the eight victims. At least 10 trains have been diverted.

Kanchanjunga Express is frequently used by tourists to travel to the popular hill station of Darjeeling. The route crosses the narrow strip of land called Chicken's Corridor, which links the Northeast with the rest of the country.

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