Ratlam: Three coaches of the Delhi bound Rajdhani caught fire early Monday morning in Madhya Pradesh’s Ratlam district. All passengers are safe.

“At around 2 am three coaches including the pantry car caught fire between Bikramgarh Alot and Phuria stations in Kota division,” Railways spokesperson Anil Saxena said.

Three fire tenders were rushed to the spot and the blaze was brought under control. There were about 900 passengers including Railway staff onboard.

The couplings of the coaches of the Mumbai-Delhi Rajdhani train were detached immediately by the railway staff to stop the spread of fire, he said.

The cause of the fire, which started from the pantry car of the Delhi bound train, is yet to be ascertained.

Though none was injured in the incident, Railways has declared ex-gratia of Rs 5,000 for the passengers of coaches B6 and B7 who were affected by the blaze, the spokesperson said.

Rail traffic has been disrupted on the Nagda-Kota line due to the fire.

Saxena said all steps are being taken to resume traffic on the line at the earliest and food and water is being supplied to the passengers.

A three-member Railways team consisting of senior railway officials has been dispatched to the spot. Helplines have also been set-up at Kota, Ratlam and Mumbai to disseminate information about the incident.

(Agencies)