Delhi-Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express derailed at Golden Ganj station near Chhapra early on Wednesday, killing four and injuring eight passengers. The Railways suspect sabotage by Maoists behind the derailment
At least four passengers were killed and eight injured when the Delhi-Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express derailed at Golden Ganj station near Chhapra early on Wednesday, sabotage by Maoists was suspected to be behind this derailment.
According to a spokesperson for the Railways, 12 coaches were derailed in the incident at around 2am. Five coaches, B-1, B-2, B-3, B-4 and the pantry car, overturned in the derailment while seven other coaches, B-5 to B-10 and the power car, got derailed at the station about 75kms from Patna, he said.
"Prima facie, it appears to be a case of sabotage. There was a blast on the track, which could have caused the derailment," Railway Board Chairman Arunendra Kumar told reporters in Delhi.
"Another goods train, 60kms away from the station, also got derailed due to a blast and its 18 wagons got derailed in the accident," Kumar said.
The Maoists had given a bandh call on Wednesday to protest "strong arm" tactics by security forces against "innocent people" in the area, for being suspected Maoist sympathisers.
Railways has ordered an enquiry to be conducted by the Commissioner of Railway Safety, Eastern Circle, to ascertain the cause of derailment.
Railway Minister Sadanand Gowda announced an ex-gratia of Rs2 lakh for the family of each of the deceased, rupees one lakh for grievously injured passengers and Rs20,000 for those with minor injuries.
Season ticket or pass holders will now have to pay the amount equal to 15 trips for travelling unlimited times during a month on the suburban rail network. Both first and second class passengers, however, will have to pay the 14.2% increase in fares for the monthly pass
Paying heed to all the vocal protests across the country, especially from Mumbai, the Indian Railways decided to rollback the 100% to 153% hike in monthly season tickets (MSTs). Suburban rail travellers from both the first and second class, however, will have to pay the 14.2% increased fare. Moneylife Foundation, the Samir Zaveri Railway Helpline and the Coalition for Safe Rail Travel also wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to roll back the highly unreasonable hike in suburban train fares and season tickets (monthly pass).
The Railways also announced that the recent hike of 14.2% in passenger fares will not apply to second class suburban journeys up to 80 kms, a decision that will give relief to lakhs of travellers mainly in metro cities.
In a revised order, the Railways also said that the fare hike in the unreserved segment shall come into force from 28th June as against 25th June, when the increase was to be originally implemented.
Railways also gave some relief to monthly pass holders by reverting to charging equal to 15 trips per month, instead of 30, which lets the commuters travel unlimited number of times in a month.
These steps will benefit about 1.24 lakh daily suburban commuters across the country. There are over 75 lakh daily passengers on the Mumbai suburban rail network alone.
The revision to the 20th June notification came hours after the members of Parliament (MPs) from ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) belonging to Maharashtra met Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda and demanded a rollback in the hike.
The cash-strapped Indian railways had announced on 20th June that an increase of 14.2% in passenger fares and 6.5% in freight rates, just three weeks before the presentation of the Rail Budget. The revised rates will come into effect from Wednesday.
"There shall be no increase in second class suburban ordinary fare upto 80 kms," said a Railway notification issued today.
This will give relief to lakhs of people travelling daily in metros like Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Delhi.
Here are the revised final fares for second class monthly season ticket...