June 7, 2023 – The Howrah-Chennai Coromandel Express will recommence its journey today, marking its first operation since the tragic accident. Following extensive restoration efforts, the train will depart from Shalimar station at 3:20 PM and is expected to arrive at Balasore around 6:30 PM.
Gradually, normal train operations are being restored at the affected Balasore station as the restoration works for both up and down lines are completed. In order to ensure the utmost safety in train operations, the Indian Railways has implemented significant measures. A meeting was conducted on June 6, chaired by A K Lahoti, the Chairman of Railway Board, with the General Managers of all zones to establish fool-proof systems in the Railways.
Meanwhile, the CBI team has commenced their work at the accident site, having arrived yesterday. Additionally, the Commissioner Railway Safety (CRS) has concluded the initial round of preliminary meetings. CRS AM Choudhury has met with approximately 55 individuals, including loco pilots, assistant loco pilots, station master, train managers, GRP personnel, pantry car staff, on-duty station superintendent, TTE of the train, supervisory staff at the station, and medical personnel who attended to the victims.
The Railways has confirmed a total of 288 deaths resulting from the triple-train accident, with 205 bodies having been identified and returned to their respective families. However, there are still 83 bodies awaiting identification.
Efforts are being made to promptly identify and hand over the bodies to their relatives, as emphasized by a senior official from the South Eastern Railway.