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Soon, fire, smoke detectors in railway coaches

Soon, fire, smoke detectors in railway coaches

Keeping passengers’ safety in mind, Railways have planned to install a comprehensive fire and smoke detection system in about 500 coaches on a trial basis during this financial year following the successful test of the technology.

The system would be among a host of technologies that it has lined up to minimise loss of life and property in case of a mishap.

Fire-related incidents have claimed a number of lives in the recent past.

Figures indicate that between March and September 2009 alone, 14 cases of fire in coaches have been reported, out of which six cases were solely on account of electrical failure.

According to sources in Railways, they have ‘planned to have the system installed in 20 rakes during this financial year,’ which comes to about 500 coaches to test its efficacy on a variety of coaches.

The Research Design and Standards Organisation earlier tested the system in one rake of the New Delhi-Bhubaneswar Rajdhani Express comprising 18 LHB AC coaches.

Trials on this rake were on since November 2009 and the ’system was reported to be working satisfactorily,’ sources said.

They said the unit cost per coach for such a system was found to be about Rs 200,000.

The move comes even as Railway Board has ordered a safety drive for 21 days on a number of items related to safety of pantry cars after it expressed concern over ‘inadequate emphasis’ being given by zonal railways in setting up a system for preventive action against fire in pantry cars.

It has also observed that the generator cars of its flagship trains like Shatabdi, Rajdhani and Duronto trains are most vulnerable to fire.

One of the cars of Rajdhani express was gutted in a fire incident at Rajendra Nagar Terminal on March 8 last year.

During the same month, a blaze was also noticed in the pantry car of Patna Rajdhani express in Mughalsarai station.

On June 6 last year, three coaches of the empty rake of 3240 Mathura-Patna express caught fire at Mathura Railway station.

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Soon, TTEs will check tickets, intentions

Soon, TTEs will check tickets, intentions

Delhi: In a move to enhance security on board Indian railways, the ministry of railways has decided that travel ticket examiners (TTE) will be trained to detect suspicious looking behavior and be the first line of security on trains.

“Under this plan, ticket checking staff will be instructed to be vigilant to suspicious behavior by any passenger or doubtful objects in trains and report the same to the escorting Railway Protection Force (RPF) party or post at the next railway station. Zonal Railways have been instructed to comply with these measures,” an official said.

In the last few months, there has been an enhanced security and threat perception on trains which the ministry wants to combat.These railway ministry directives follow recommendations of a high-level committee of officers drawn from NSG, IB, Delhi Police, RPF, CISF and Railways, which have been constituted to formulate a Composite Security Plan for Indian Railways.

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