The Indian football team has made a generous donation of INR 20 lakh to the families affected by the Balasore Train Accident. This decision comes after the team’s victory in the Intercontinental Cup. Notably, it was the Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik who had initially announced a cash reward of INR 1 crore for the team, but the players collectively decided to donate 20 lakh towards the cause.
The Balasore Train Accident, which occurred in the Balasore district of Odisha, involved a triple-train collision. The tragic incident resulted in a death toll of 292 people, with over 1,000 sustaining serious injuries. In response to this devastating event, the Indian football team has chosen to contribute towards the “relief and rehabilitation” of the affected families.
Victory and Decision to Donate
The decision to donate INR 20 lakh was made following the team’s victory in the Intercontinental Cup. The Blue Tigers emerged victorious, defeating Lebanon 2-0 in the finals held at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar. Goals from Sunil Chhetri and Lallianzuala Chhangte secured the title for the Indian team, prompting their compassionate gesture towards the train accident victims.
Collective Effort and Gratitude
Although the Odisha Chief Minister had offered a cash reward of INR 1 crore to the team, the players chose to collectively donate 20 lakh instead. Expressing their gratitude to the Government of Odisha for the cash bonus, the Indian Football Team tweeted about their decision to allocate a portion of the funds for the relief and rehabilitation work. They acknowledged that no amount of money could compensate for the loss suffered by the affected families, but they hoped that their contribution would assist them during these difficult times.
Train Accident Details
The train accident involved three trains: Yeshwantpur-Howrah Superfast Express, Shalimar-Chennai Coromandel Express, and a goods train. The highest number of casualties occurred on the Shalimar-Chennai Coromandel Express.
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