Odisha train tragedy: Vaishnaw announces Rs 2-cr assistance for Bahanaga

Three trains crashed in one of the country's worst rail accidents near Bahanaga Bazar railway station on June 2, killing nearly 300 people and injuring over thousands

The Odisha triple train crash (photo courtesy @Anand_Journ/Twitter)
The Odisha triple train crash (photo courtesy @Anand_Journ/Twitter)


Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw visited Odisha’s Bahanaga, where 292 people died in a recent rail disaster, and announced assistance of Rs 2 crore for the development of the area.

Vaishnaw, on a three-day visit to the state, went to Bahanaga in the Balasore district on Tuesday and met the Good Samaritans, who actively participated in the rescue and relief operations immediately after the accident on June 2.

The minister also felicitated some of the locals.

Vaishnaw said while Rs 1 crore assistance will be provided from his MP fund for the development of Bahanaga, another Rs 1 crore will be released from the Railways’ fund for strengthening the healthcare services in the area.

“The manner in which the people of Bahanaga helped in the rescue operation in the aftermath of the train accident is really praiseworthy. I came here to personally thank them,” he said.

Earlier during his visit to Puri on Tuesday, he emphasised on the importance of improving passenger amenities and facilities during the Rath Yatra period, while inspecting the Puri Railway Station.

Vaishnaw, also the Minister for Communications and Electronics & Information Technology, reviewed the arrangements made for the convenience and benefit of pilgrims and devotees, and interacted with them.

The Chennai-bound Coromandel Express, Howrah-bound SMVP Superfast Express from Bengaluru and a goods train were involved in one of the country's worst rail accidents near Bahanaga Bazar railway station on June 2.

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