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Adani Group's Stocks Soar Amidst Commitment to Support Children Affected by Odisha Train Accident

Shares Rise as Investors Applaud Commitment to School Education of Orphaned Children

5 June 2023


Kunal Tyagi

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  • Adani Group stocks, including Adani Enterprises, Adani Transmission, and Adani Power, saw an increase in share prices despite no major business updates.

  • Chairman Gautam Adani announced that the Adani Group will fund the school education of children who lost their parents in the tragic train accident in Odisha's Balasore.

  • The Odisha train accident, one of the worst in the country's history, led to over 270 fatalities and raised concerns of possible sabotage and system tampering.

The trading of Adani Group stocks, encompassing Adani Enterprises, Adani Transmission, and Adani Power, experienced a notable surge on Monday. This sudden upturn occurred in the absence of any significant updates regarding the conglomerate's business activities. Nevertheless, one plausible factor behind the heightened interest in Adani Group companies relates to the recent proclamation made by Gautam Adani, the chairman. Through a tweet, Adani conveyed the group's unwavering dedication to financing the educational needs of children who tragically lost their parents in the grievous train catastrophe that unfolded in Balasore, Odisha. 

The catastrophic train accident in Odisha, which transpired on June 2 and involved three trains, namely the Bengaluru-Howrah Superfast Express, the Kolkata-Chennai Coromandel Express, and a goods train, stands as one of the most harrowing incidents in the nation's history. With a staggering loss of over 270 lives, this calamitous event has deeply shaken the entire country. While the exact cause remains undetermined, railway officials have suggested the possibility of sabotage and tampering with the electronic interlocking system. Ashwini Vaishnaw, the Railway Minister, has affirmed that the "root cause" of the accident and the individuals responsible have been identified.

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Gautam Adani, the billionaire chairman of the Adani Group, expressed profound distress in light of the train accident and made a heartfelt announcement regarding the group's assumption of responsibility for the educational needs of the affected children. In his tweet, Adani underscored the shared obligation to provide support to the families of the victims and secure a brighter future for the children. The Adani Group's decision to contribute to the education of these young individuals exemplifies their unwavering commitment to social responsibility and the well-being of the community.

In spite of the lack of notable business updates, the Adani Group stocks demonstrated a positive trajectory in trading subsequent to the chairman's announcement. Adani Enterprises witnessed a significant uptick, with a 1.99% increase, reaching Rs. 2,493.80 per share at 10:32 am IST. Adani Transmission shares also experienced a noteworthy surge, rising by 3.57% to Rs. 823.00 per share at 10:33 am IST. Similarly, Adani Power shares exhibited a modest yet encouraging growth of 0.43%, reaching Rs. 256.75 per share. This favorable market response signifies the investment community's recognition and support for the Adani Group's commendable social endeavor.

Following the tragic incident, a public interest litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Supreme Court, urging the establishment of an expert panel to assess the railway's safety measures. Additionally, the PIL calls for the formation of an inquiry panel, headed by a retired Supreme Court judge, tasked with investigating the train accident and presenting a comprehensive report within a two-month timeframe. These initiatives reflect the public's apprehensions regarding railway safety and the imperative for a comprehensive examination of the aforementioned incident.

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