Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakhs for the kin of West Bengal residents who lost their lives in a tragic train accident in Odisha’s Balasore. Banerjee, former Railway Minister, said that she will cooperate with the Odisha government and Railways until work is completed. She was visiting the site of accident which claimed 261 lives and has left many injured.
“Railway provides Rs 10 Lakhs as compensation. We will provide Rs 5 Lakhs each to the people of our state and cooperate and work with the Railways and Odisha Government until the work is complete,” said Mamata Banerjee.
She said that those injured will be given Rs 1 lakh each.
“Coromandel is one of the best express trains. I was the Railway Minister thrice. From what I saw, this is the biggest railway accident of the 21st century. Such cases are handed over to Railway’s safety commission & they investigate and give a report,” she said.
“There was no anti-collision device on the train, as far as I know. Had the device been on the train, this would not have happened…The dead can’t be brought back but now our work is rescue operation & restoration of normalcy,” she added.