Besides, fire extinguishers are being provided in all AC coaches, second class-cum-guard and luggage vans and pantry cars. Water mist type fire suppression system is also being provided on power cars.
A pilot project for provision of Comprehensive Fire and Smoke Detection System has been taken up in New Delhi- Bhubaneswar Rajdhani, New Delhi-Jammu Tawi Rajdhani and in the AC Double Decker running between Kachiguda-Tirupati/Guntur, a senior Railway Ministry official said.
He said railways has now sanctioned extended field trials of the fire detection system in 2,750 coaches based on the feedback from earlier trials.
As per corporate safety plan (2003-2013), target was to reduce fire accidents on the trains significantly by the year 2012-13.
In 2012-13, nine fire accidents took place on trains and in the current year till January 31, 2016 there has not been a single such case on trains, the official said. In order to enhance fire safety, Railways has made mandatory the use of fire retardant furnishing materials in all coaches.
Specifications for such furnishing materials have been periodically reviewed to incorporate fire retardant parameters in line with UIC (International Union of Railways) and other international norms.
He said all new manufacture of coaches/periodical overhauling of existing coaches is being carried out factoring in fire retardant specifications of the furnishing materials.
Steps are also being taken for the use of improved materials for electrical fittings and fixtures, light fittings, terminal boards, connectors to prevent short circuit. Detailed instructions have been issued to all zones for observance of safe practices in handling of pantry cars and for ensuring periodical inspection of electrical and LPG fittings in the pantry cars.

Intensive drives are being carried out regularly to prevent passengers from carrying inflammable goods.


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