Bhubaneswar: Prevention of fire on train is only possible by educating the public especially passengers so that they can take precautions to prevent situations of potentially harmful fire thereby saving themselves.
This is a proactive method of reducing fire incidents on train and the damage caused by them.
To make the train journey safer, Railways have urged passengers not to carry and also not let their co-passengers carry inflammable objects while travelling on trains and also to be careful.
As the festival season has already set-in and rush of passengers have increased, East Coast Railway has urged passengers to be extra careful. During festivals, lot of passengers travel long distances to be at their homes and they carry along all sorts of things, some of which can also jeopardise safety.
East Coast Railway (ECoR) has informed passengers that travelling in trains with explosives and inflammable objects like crackers, gas cylinder, acid, petrol, kerosene, dry grass/leaves, thermic welding, sigri, stove etc. is not permitted and strictly prohibited. Carrying such inflammable objects in trains is a punishable offence under Section 164 of the Railway Act 1989, whereby the offender may get an imprisonment up to 3 years, or a fine of Rs 1000 or both.
ECoR has formed a special squad to keep a strict vigil on carrying inflammable items in trains for the safety of the passengers during ensuing Diwali Celebrations. If any passenger is seen carrying inflammable items, the co-passengers are requested to inform on-duty railway staff like TTEs, coach attendants, guards of the train, station managers, Railway Protection Force (RPF) & Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel to save the train passengers from danger.
Passengers can also call Help Line Number-182 to report any incident concerning carrying crackers. Steps have been taken by the Safety Department of ECoR to make the train passengers and rail users aware of the dangers of carrying crackers and explosive substances, an ECoR release said today.