Railway tribunal clears Rs 6.68 crore payout for accident victims

Mumbai | With a view to pay compensation to the victims of railway accidents or their relatives, the first-ever Lok Adalat was conducted at the Railway Claims Tribunal (RCT) here on Tuesday where an amount of Rs 6.68 crore was finalised for disbursal.

According to a senior official of the claims department of the Western Railway, the WR had proposed 106 cases, while Central Railway had put forward 150 matters for hearing in the Lok Adalat.

The Lok Adalat was presided over by Justice K Kannan – Chairman of RCT, and R D Sharma Member-Technical of RCT- Mumbai. Among these 256 cases, a lawyer who represented in 32 cases, withdrew from hearing, while all other matters were disposed off,” Ity Pandey, Chief Claims Officer, WR, told PTI. “A total of Rs 6.68 crore in compensation has been finalised,” she said, adding such adalats have proved extremely beneficial for victims to get speedy justice.

WR chief spokesperson Ravinder Bhakar said, “A new format of decree for Lok Adalat was devised by Justice K Kannan, taking into consideration all points put forth by the applicant’s advocates and respondent (Railways) which resulted in speedy finalisation of the cases.

“After the quick settlement of compensation for the victims of the 2017 Elphinstone Road stampede, this is another feat achieved by the Western Railway which ensured speedy finalisation of long pending cases,” Bhakar said.

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