The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has expressed shock and grief over the loss of lives in fire accident in the Tamil Nadu Express near Nellore.
He has conveyed his condolences and sympathies to the kin of those who have died in the accident and the injured.
Dr. Singh has asked the Ministry of Railways to work with the Government of Andhra Pradesh to coordinate and speed up rescue and relief measures and to render all assistance to the kin of the victims.
At least 35 passengers were charred to death and 25 others injured when a fire broke in a coach of the Chennai-bound Tamil Nadu Express near Nellore in the wee hours on Monday due to a short circuit.
The Railway Ministry has announced an ex-gratia of Rs.5 lakh for each of the families of the deceased and Rs.1 lakh to the seriously injured. Railway Minister Mukul Roy, who expressed deep grief over the loss of innocent lives, has also announced a compensation of Rs.25, 000 to those having simple injuries.
"Honourable Railway Minister, who was monitoring the situation has expressed deep grief over the loss of innocent lives in this unfortunate and tragic incident. He has also announced an increase amount of ex-gratia payment. It is Rs.5 lakh in case of death, it is Rs.1 lakh in case of grievous injury and Rs.25,000 in case of simple injury," said Indian Railways Public Relations Officer (PRO) Anil Saxena.
"He has also instructed the railway administration to provide the best possible medical care to the injured and he has also instructed that the railway will bear the entire expenses incurred on the treatment of the patients, who were injured in this unfortunate incident," he added.
The injured have been admitted to Nellore Civic Hospital for treatment. A relief and rescue train has already been rushed to the spot.
he helpline numbers are: Secunderabad: 040-27786723, 27700868; Vijayawada: 0866-2345863, 2345864 and Nellore: 0861-2331477, 2576924; New Delhi: 011-23342954, 23341072, 23341074; Hazrat Nizamuddin: 011-24359748. (ANI)