A harrowing event unfolded on the Bharat Gaurav Yatra Special package train, with over 90 passengers falling victim to a suspected food poisoning outbreak. The train, journeying towards Palitana in Gujarat from Chennai, was forced to make an emergency halt at the Pune railway station following passengers' complaints of severe vomiting and diarrhea.
The ordeal started just a few hours after the passengers consumed their dinner, provided by the Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation’s (IRCTC) catering contractor. Disturbingly, 40 of the affected passengers were in such dire condition that they required immediate hospitalization at Sassoon Hospital in Pune. This incident has shed light on potential lapses in food safety protocols during train journeys and raises serious questions about the standards of onboard catering services.
The incident occurred during a religious function organized by a privately booked group. Despite the terrifying circumstances, railway authorities acted promptly. The affected passengers were immediately attended to by medical professionals at Pune railway station, demonstrating the efficiency of the railway's emergency response protocol.
While the exact cause of the food poisoning has yet to be confirmed, officials have stated that the staff is not at fault for the incident, suggesting that other factors may have been at play. Investigations are currently underway to pinpoint the source of the contamination and implement measures to prevent such incidents from recurring in the future. In the meantime, the health of the affected passengers and the measures taken by the railway authorities remain the primary concern.