Gorakhdham Express tragedy: Railways announces probe, compensation
Railways have ordered a high-level probe into the train collision between Gorakhpur-bound 12556 Gorakhdham super fast express and a goods-train at Chureb station in which nine people were killed and over 100 injured.
Railway sources here today said that the Safety Commissioner of the North-Eastern Railway will hold the probe.
The railways have also announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs one lakh to the family of the deceased. While Rs 50,000 will be given to the critical injured, Rs 10,000 will also be given to the passenger sustaining minor injuries. A special train has been pressed into the service to take the remaining passengers to Gorakhpur.
NE Railway General Manger K K Atal and other senior officials are camping on the spot to clear the track which is underway on a war footing.
Railway helpline numbers are Gorakhpur 0551-2204893, Lucknow 0522-2288890, 0522-2635639, 09794830974, Gonda 05262-222330 Basti 05542-285515, Faizabad 05278-220284, Barabanki 05248-221680, Hisar 01662-272953, Bhiwani 01664-243565, Bikaner 0151-2544764, Rohtak 09717632785, New Delhi 011-23341074.
Due to the accident several trains have been diverted, short terminated or cancelled, railway sources here claimed.
The short terminated trains are 15203 Barauni-Lucknow Express terminated at Gorakhpur and it was made 15204 from Gorakhpur and will go to Baruani.
12542 Lokmanya Tilak Terminas-Gorakhpur express was terminated at Gonda. 12532 Lucknow-Gorakhpur express was terminated at Basti and it would remain suspended between Basti and Gorakhpur.
These trains have been diverted through alternate routes-- 15609 New Tinsukia- Lalgarh Awadh Assam express and 15707 Katihar- Amritsar Amrapali Express trains will run through Bhatni- Varanasi- Lucknow route, 12565 Darbhanga- New Delhi Bihar Sampark Kranti will run via Chapra-Ballia- Varanasi- Lucknow, 19038 Gorakhpur- Bandra will run via Mau-Shahganj- Ayodhya- Manakpur-Gonda- Lucknow,12587 Gorakhpur- Jammu Tawi Amarnath Express will run via Mau-Varanasi- Lucknow, 15273 Raxaul- Delhi Satyagarha Express will run via Gorakhpur Mau-Shahganj-Ayodhya-Manakpur-Gonda- Sitapur cant, 14674 Amritsar- Jainagar Shahid Express will run via Manakpur-Ayodhya-Shahganj- Mau- Ballia- Chapra, 13020 Kathgodam- Howrah Bagh Express will run via Manakpur- Ayodhya-Shahganj-Mau- Gorakhpur- Chapra and 19039 Bandra-Muzaffarpur express will run via Manakpur- Ayodhya-Shahganj-Mau-Gorakhpur route.
(Posted on 27-05-2014)