Lucknow: Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expressed grief over the loss of life in a blaze in a train in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, and directed the officials to coordinate with the local and railway officers to ensure the proper treatment of passengers from Uttar Pradesh, official sources said here on Saturday.
The CM has also directed the official to provide an ex-gratia to the kin of the deceased from UP. The state government has also released a toll-free number, 1070 for information related to the passengers from UP.
Taking to X, Yogi wrote, “The loss of lives in the unfortunate train accident in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, is extremely sad and heart-wrenching. My condolences are with the bereaved family members. Directives have been given to issued an ex-gratia amount of Rs 2 lakh to the family members of every citizen of Uttar Pradesh who died in this accident.”
He said, “Directives have been issued to the authorities concerned for proper treatment of the injured, and a toll-free number 1070 has also been issued for quick help. I pray to God to grant peace to the departed souls at his holy feet and speedy recovery to the injured.”
Sources said that the coach in which a fire broke out, reportedly due to an explosion in a cooking gas cylinder, was reserved by a Sitapur-based private tour and travel operator.
“The initial report suggests that 48 passengers, mostly above 60 years of age, from UP were traveling in the coach. The information is yet to be confirmed,” they said.
It may be noted that nine passengers, mostly from UP, died and six others sustained burns after a fire broke out in a private party coach, booked online through IRCTC, following an explosion in an LPG cylinder in a coach at Madurai railway yard in Tamil Nadu on Saturday.