8 coaches of Meerut-Lucknow Express derail in UP, Yogi announces compensation

The ministry of railways announced an ex-gratia of Rs 50,000 to those injured in the derailment

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Following derailment of 8 coaches of the Meerut-Lucknow express on Saturday, the ministry of Railways has ordered an inquiry. Union Railway minister Suresh Prabhu said that an inquiry has been ordered and assured that action would be taken against any lapse. The railways also provided helpline numbers from the accident site as well as nearest railway stations. UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath has announced Rs 50,000 compensation to those seriously injured in the accident and Rs 25,000 for passengers with minor injuries.

Coaches of the Meerut-Lucknow Rajya Rani Express derailed near Rampur on Saturday morning. While no casualties were reported, several passengers suffered injuries. It may be noted that this is the second derailment that Uttar Pradesh has witnessed in less than a month's time. The coaches derailed between Mundapandey and Rampur, according to the ministry of Railways. The ministry's tweet claimed that only two person had been injured in the accident while ground reports said that at least a dozen hsd sustained injuries.

The incident is said to have taken place at around 8 AM on Saturday. Railway authorities and police assisted in rescue operations. Railway authorities said that an alternate train was arranged for the passengers. The railway ministry said that the Divisional railway manager and a medical team were present at the accident site.

It may be recalled that on March 30, eight coaches of Mahakaushal Express derailed on the stretch between Kulpahar and Mahoba in Uttar Pradesh, leaving more than 40 people injured. Four AC coaches, one sleeper class coach, two general coaches and a luggage coach of the Mahakaushal Express derailed around 2.30 am.

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