21 August, 2017
A rescue train was despatched from Saharanpur to the site of the accident.
Engineering division of Railways had reportedly warned the Khatauli railway station authorities about the ongoing fix work on the tracks. "Strict action to be taken against any lapse", Prabhu said.
The railways also provides compensation under the Railway Act, 1989 to passengers who are victims of accidents.
A source said officials resort to the practice of "unofficial" maintenance of tracks on many occasions as they don't get free blocks due to heavy traffic while being under pressure to maintain the track on time. The death toll is likely to go up further.
With an injured succumbing to injuries at a Meerut hospital, the total number of deaths now confirmed is 21 in the ghastly accident of the Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express at Khatuali in Muzaffarnagar on Saturday evening. The "Bullet Train" is a marvellous piece of engineering, but it relies on the soundness of the infrastructure, which is at least guaranteed as the technology is brand new and trains run on nearly straight or well-cambered, dedicated lines.
One of the coaches crashed into a house adjacent to the track, burying several people under the debris. Of them, 15 bodies have been identified.
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"Prima facie, the information is that there is divisional responsibility involved if work was being done without seeking permission. We will rescue stranded people ASAP", he said.
"It is being said that some work was being carried out at the site and in that work the required precautions were not taken", Jamshed said.
"However, any work on tracks has to follow a manual".
He said the railways has instituted an enquiry to be conducted by the Commissioner, Railway Safety, Northern Circle.
Railway department has issued helpline no 9760534054/5101 for emergency contact. Officials of the Railway present at the spot said that a medical train was on its way to help and that other trains on the same route has been diverted through Shamli district. In this case, a 200-metre track has been damaged completely.