INDORE: While the railways claimed that around 1,200 people were on board, railway sources claimed that the number of passengers were much more that. Sources claimed that hundreds of passengers on the train+ were travelling either without ticket or with general ticket which the railways figures do not show.
"The number of such people could have been even around 500 which is almost half the capacity of the train," a railway official said on the condition of anonymity.
One such case is of Raja Ram who is searching for his sister-in-law at Indore railway station on Sunday. While he knew that she had boarded the train on Saturday, he was not sure about the coach in which she was travelling. Reason, she had a waiting list ticket.
"She was travelling on a ticket with waiting list 296, I left her on one of the coaches, I have no idea if she was in the coach with fatalities," Raja said crying.
Raja is not the only one whose kin were on board unauthorized tickets. "There are many relatives who have come with enquiries for relatives who were not authorized to travel in the train. This suggests that the number of people travelling were much more than those who got reservation," a railway official at the help desk said.
Vendors of the station also claimed that the crowd on Saturday seemed to be much more as compared to crowds for normal trains. Railway had installed some extra coaches in the train but they were not adequate according to the demand.
"There were long queues of people waiting to board the train in the general boogie, they were in much larger number than the coaches could accommodate," a vendor at the station claimed.
Since, this is the only train that connects Patna to Indore and a lot of people of Bihar and UP live in this part of the state, the train usually runs fully occupied.
Railway officials also agreed that the general bogies of the train were usually overcrowded. "A general boogie can generally accommodate 90 people, the crowd in general bogie of these trains are usually on the higher side," a senior official of western railways said.
If a small tempo or lorry has overload, police fines them. Who will fine a overloaded train risking hundreds of peoples''lives??????????
Modi wants 80000 crore bullet rain to run between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. He is busy collectiong money for that. No idea for other states and the ordinary citizens
and imagine a train going at 300 kph and the damage it will do if it derailed
Trains are always over loaded,who can stop people in this country?We have democracy
All trains going to Uttar Pradesh or Bihar are always overcrowded :-)
Which Train in India does not have overloaded? What foolish statement.
Glad to know that the railway department came to know this at last. Salo thora sa kam kiya koro then desh ka bhalai hoga. All train carries more than it's capacity and u idiots came to know this now
Come to Mumbai and see what an overcrowded train looks like. I have never heard of a train derailment due to this fact. Looks like someone in authority is trying to deflect obvious responsibility for the unfortunate deaths.
this is reality of india;boasting people and boasting leaders.....basic facilities are lacking and you talk about everything digital?????
Every train is overcrowded. What is news?
Its sad. Transport facilities are not increasing at the rate population is growing. Many places are facing this problem.