Te­jas Exp pas­sen­gers ‘suf­fo­cate, suf­fer heat stroke’ af­ter AC stops

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTMETRO - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

MUM­BAI: Pas­sen­gers trav­el­ling on the C-11 coach of the pre­mium lux­ury train Te­jas Ex­press on the Konkan Rail­way were in­con­ve­nienced on Satur­day af­ter the air con­di­tion­ing (AC) stopped work­ing. Pas­sen­gers com­plained of un­easi­ness, suf­fo­ca­tion and heat stroke ow­ing to lack of ven­ti­la­tion. One of them even com­plained of food poi­son­ing on board.

The Konkan Rail­way spokesper­son said the cen­trail rail­way (CR) was re­spon­si­ble for main­te­nance of the train. How­ever, the CR spokesper­son was not avail­able for comment till the time of go­ing to press.

The train had de­parted from Kar­mali, Goa at 2.35pm on Satur­day. The pas­sen­gers that the rail­way staff on board had failed to at­tend to their com­plaints. Some of them took to Twit­ter to voice their griev­ances, tag­ging au­thor­i­ties in­clud­ing the han­dles of the rail­way min­is­ter and the rail­way min­istry.

One of the pas­sen­gers, Amitabh Tal­war, tweeted, “Te­jas Ex­press 22120 AC not func­tion­ing in C11 since it de­parted Kar­mali, caus­ing suf­fo­ca­tion re­peated re­quest to TTE & rail­way staff of no use, #PiyushGoyal” (sic).

Amidst this, one pas­sen­ger even com­plained that her 11-year-old son suf­fered food poi­son­ing on the train. “I hope the rail­ways un­der­stand that the peo­ple trav­el­ling by trains are not stray an­i­mals to eat what­ever is served in which­ever con­di­tions,” read one Leena Naik’s tweet.

Mean­while, one pas­sen­ger said they re­ceived some re­lief af­ter the au­to­matic train doors were opened. Some pas­sen­gers were later shifted to the ex­ec­u­tive chair cars af­ter they threat­ened to stop the train at Rat­na­giri sta­tion.

Te­jas Ex­press, In­dia’s first pre­mium lux­ury train and ply­ing be­tween Mum­bai and Goa was launched in May 2017.

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