Saturday’s incident of fire within the coach of a Shatabdi Categorical got here days after a Railways workplace in Kolkata caught fire, killing a number of individuals.
There have been no casualties on Saturday. The Railways has determined to compile all its instructions on fire safety in its system, the assorted Commonplace Working Process (SOPs) — coaches, buildings, stations, and so on — and compile a single protocol, sources mentioned.
Officers mentioned that prima facie the explanation behind Saturday’s fire was short-circuit, or one thing to do with the coach’s electrical system. A proper probe will decide the precise trigger, they mentioned.
In accordance to sources, there was unlikely any sabotage that led to the fire.
A Northern Railway spokesperson mentioned the coach did have fire extinguishers, however the magnitude of the blaze was large. “The seats and every part caught fire. Our males acted swiftly, stopped the prepare, remoted the coach, and evacuated the passengers. There have been no accidents,” the spokesperson mentioned.
He mentioned fire alarm went off and that was how passengers and officers had been alerted.
The Railways has been utilizing so-called “fire retardant” supplies for its furnishings in coaches for the final a few years. The fabric, examined and accepted by its requirements authority, decelerate the unfold of fire in a coach, however they aren’t fire-proof. The fire retardant supplies are as per worldwide norms set by the UIC (Worldwide Union of Railways).
The automated smoke detection system, a know-how which has been in trials, has been examined in a number of trains.
“Improved supplies for electrical fittings and fixtures comparable to MCB (Miniature Circuit Breaker), gentle fittings, terminal boards, connectors, and so on., are getting used progressively,” Railways advised the Lok Sabha just a few years in the past.