"Today (Sunday), 26 passengers travelling in 22120 Karmali - CSTM Tejas Exp suffered from food poisoning". After consuming the food served by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) on the Tejas Express, they complained of uneasiness, Konkan Railway Chairman and Managing Director Sanjay Gupta told PTI.
There are tea and coffee vending machines and snack tables at each coach as catering facility for passengers in the new designed coaches.
"The train was stopped at Chiplun railway station around 3.15 p.m. and the passengers who complained were deboarded".
According to reports three passengers out of 24 are in the intensive care unit. He has also reported that as the train departs late at 9 am many passengers came early and consumed breakfast from the station or outside. An official in IRCTC said: "A showcause notice has been served to the catering contractor and strict action is contemplated if found guilty". "And the passengers were taken to government and private hospital", he said. An IRCTC spokesperson said, "First, a group of seven passengers complained and were attended to by the on-board supervisor".
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal had, last month, asked officials to ensure that meals served on board trains carry information about quantity and the contractor supplying it, as the national carrier continues efforts to improve catering services. "Food sample have been taken for investigation".
As reported by the hospital, none of the patients was in serious condition, IRCTC claimed in its statement. When contacted by the Deccan Chronicle, IRCTC general manager, Arvind Malkhede claimed that they are not sure if the food served by them can be linked to the suspected food-poisoning incident.