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Railways taken steps to prevent fire

Posted on Mar 01, 07:32PM | IBNS

New Delhi, Mar 1 : Minister of State for Railways Kotla Jaya Surya Prakash Reddy on Friday said the Indian Railways has taken several steps to prevent fire accidents.

"Preventive checks for carriage of inflammable goods by passenger, use of fire retardant material in coach including coach wiring, multi level electrical protection system to prevent short circuit, provision of fire extinguishers on trains, display of instructions and announcement for Do's and Don'ts are some of the steps being taken by Railways to prevent fire accidents in trains. Fire fighting training is being imparted in railways," Reddy said in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha.

"A pilot project for trial with fire and smoke detection system has been taken up in one rake of New Delhi-Bhubaneswar Rajdhani Express. Based on the experiences gained during pilot project revised technical specification for fire and smoke detection system has been issued for extended field trials on representative population of coaches," he said.

"Research Designs & Standards Organisation (RDSO) has been exploring a suitable fire detection/suppression system for Non-AC coaches but no suitable system suiting Indian Railway requirement is presently available," he said.