Amritsar train accident: 71 Indian Railways trains delayed or cancelled; Punjab helpline numbers issued; details here
Amritsar train accident: As many as 58 people have died and 48 others were injured in the Punjab train tragedy yesterday during the Dussehra celebrations. The incident has led to delayed or cancelled trains - over 71 trains have been affected, which includes Mail Express Trains as well. Travellers should check IRCTC for the latest updates
"Due to Amritsar Train Accident on Amritsar-Manawala section, 10 Mail Express trains & 27 passenger trains cancelled, 16 trains diverted, 10 Mail Express trains & 2 passenger trains short terminated and 6 Mail Express trains short originated," reported ANI.
The Indian Railways has also issued a helpline number. The number are 01832223171 and 01832564485. Telephone numbers at Manawala station are 0183-2440024, 0183-2402927 and Ferozpur's helpline number is 01632-1072.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has announced Rs 5 lakh compensation for the kin of each deceased and free treatment for the injured.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Railways Minister Piyush Goyal have offered their condolences over the accident.
Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha has said that people should restrain from organising any such event bear the rail tracks.
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"People should restrain from organising such events near tracks in future. Drivers are given specific instructions on where to slow down. There was a curve, driver couldn't have seen it. About what should we order an inquiry? Trains travel in speed only," he told ANI.