Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 30:
A day after the train collision at Odisha’s Cuttack which claimed two lives and left over two dozen injured, East Coast Railway (ECoR) authorities today said that probe into the tragic incident would begin from October 3.
“Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) would probe into the Cuttack train accident. The Commission is an autonomous body and comes under the Ministry of Civil Aviation. The investigation would start from October 3 for which advertisement for recording of statements would be published in media. On the first day, statements would be recorded in the pre-noon session in Cuttack. The next venue would be decided later,” Jyoti Ranjan Mishra, CPRO, ECoR said.
Sudarshan Nayak, Commissioner of Railway Safety, South Eastern Circle, Kolkata will hold a statutory inquiry in connection with accident of Bhubaneswar-Bhadrak Passenger. The inquiry will commence from 10 am on October 3 at Officers Rest House, East Coast Railway, Cuttack near Cuttack Railway Station till 1.30 pm. Thereafter, the inquiry will start from 3.30 pm till completion at Meeting Hall, 3rd Floor, South Block, Rail Sadan, Chandrasekharpur, Bhubaneswar, an ECoR release said.
Any member of public having knowledge relating to the accident and matter connected therewith and desiring to give evidence may do so at the above places on the date of inquiry. They may also write to Commissioner of Railway Safety, South Eastern Circle, New Koilaghat Building, 14 Strand Road (12th Floor), Kolkata-01, it added.
Meanwhile, the ECoR has announced compensation for the deceased and the injured passengers.
A sum of Rs 50, 000 would be provided to the two deceased, Rs 25, 000 to critically injured and Rs 5000 to persons who sustained minor injuries in the incident.
According to sources, 19 injured persons have been discharged from the SCB Medical College and Hospital and 16 other critically injured— including six women— are still undergoing treatment at the government facility.
The hospital authorities today handed over the bodies to the kin of the deceased after post mortem.