Railway Board Chairman A K Mittal has given his resignation. Mittal’s resignation comes in the wake of a number of a high-profile accidents and derailments on the Indian Railways.
However, sources said Railway Minister S. Prabhu has not accepted the resignation yet. On Saturday, 23 passengers died and over 60 sustained injuries when 14 coaches of the Utkal Express, which runs on the Puri-Haridwar-Kalinga route, derailed at Khatauli in Muzaffarnagar.
Some Tweets of @sureshprabhu:
Some passengers have received Injuries and have been shifted to nearby hospitals.I am personally monitoring situation,rescue operations 2/
— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) August 23, 2017
Mittal was facing trouble after the Utkal Express derailment in Muzaffarnagar.
Member Engineering Railway Board Ashok Mittal was on Sunday sent on leave.
Prabhu had directed the Railway Board Chairman to fix responsibility after the Muzaffarnagar incident.
“Will not allow laxity in operations by the (Railways) Board. I have directed CRB to fix responsibility on prima facie evidence by end of day,” Prabhu said in a tweet.
This was four days after a more serious derailment in UP’s Muzaffarnagar left at least 22 people dead. On Saturday, the Haridwar-bound Utkal Express derailed in Muzaffaragar district injuring 156 people in addition to the 22 killed.