In the wake of the Odisha train tragedy, the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) has asked airlines to monitor airfares to and from Bhubaneswar and other airports in Odisha, reported news agency ANI. The MoCA has also said that passengers can cancel or reschedule their flights without penalty due to the incident.

The MoCA’s advisory comes after reports of airlines increasing airfares to Odisha in the wake of the tragedy. 

The death toll in the Odisha train tragedy has risen to 288 while 747 people have been injured along with 56 in grievous condition, said the Indian Railways in a statement released a 2 pm on Saturday.

Following the Coromandel Express accident which is suspected to have occurred due to the absence of ‘Kavach’ anti-collission system on the route, railways initiated a high-level probe into the incident which will be headed by the Commissioner of Railway Safety, South Eastern Circle.

Indian Railways spokesperson while talking to news agency PTI said, “AM Chowdhary, CRS, SE Circle, will inquire into the accident.”

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday visited Odisha’s Balasore where the triple train accident occurred and took stock of the situation. He also visited a hospital and met with the injured victims. The PM said those found guilty in the matter will be punished stringently. 

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