The highly anticipated launch of the Goa-Mumbai Vande Bharat Express by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 3rd has been cancelled due to a devastating train accident near Balasore in Odisha. The incident has resulted in the loss of numerous lives and left hundreds injured.
Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, who had arrived in Goa on the evening of June 2nd, had to abruptly return to the accident site upon receiving news of the major mishap. Reports from agencies indicate that the death toll has reached 233, with over 900 individuals sustaining injuries in the three-way collision involving the Bengaluru-Howrah Superfast Express, Coromandel Express, and a goods train in Balanagar, Odisha’s Balasore district.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken immediate action, assessing the situation and communicating with Union Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw. Vaishnaw stated that rescue operations are currently underway at the accident site, with comprehensive support being provided to those affected.
Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik, has expressed deep concern over the tragic train accident near Balasore. President Droupadi Murmu and Prime Minister Modi have extended heartfelt condolences for this unfortunate incident.