Ludhiana:After the recent derailment accidents and of coaches catching fire incidents of air-conditioned coaches of trains, Central Railway is working on the precautionary measures to be taken to avert such accidents in all divisions including Ferozepur Division.
The authorities have decided to send safety tips to passengers on their mobile phones on steps to be taken in the case of emergency and review safety measures in coaches.
They would also be telling how to tackle emergencies and use exit window in case of any accident of train as many people don’t know about it.
The Divisional Railway Manager, Ferozepur Division Anuj Parkash said, “We will be sending short message service (SMSes) educating passengers about the flammable items that should not be carried while travelling in trains. We will also be telling how to tackle emergencies and use exit window in case of any accident of the train as many people don’t know about it and how to open it. “
During a reality check in the various trains Daily Post found fire extinguishers placed inside the maximum trains missing expiry date. And they found emergency exit doors blocked which could not open. Even passengers were unaware about the emergency exits located in coaches.
IT professional Chetan Sharma said, “I have been travelling by trains for quite sometime but I am unaware about something called an emergency exit window. Even if there is one, many passengers do not know how to open it during an emergency door. Now, when I am watching with you, its junked and cannot open”.
Working professional in private Bank Sudha Rana said, “Looking at condition of Indian Railways, I do not think that they can have a fire extinguisher in all AC coaches and the ones installed in this train does not seem to be in working condition.”
DRM said that he would ask the concerned safety department officials to carry out a check on the status of fire extinguishers and emergency exit doors which are the most important things in the train to save life of passengers in case of any accident, fire or emergency.
Even passengers were unaware of the emergency exits located in coaches