Rlys launches pilot projecton fire alarm

Indian Railways has launched a pilot project to install fire and smoke detection alarms on trains and equip the coaches with fire-retardant material, government told the Lok Sabha today.

In a written reply to a question, the Minister of State for Railways, Mr K.H. Muniyappa, said, “As a pilot project, Indian Railways has installed early fire and smoke detection systems on the New Delhi-Bhubaneswar Rajdhani train.”

The technical specification of the system will be reviewed on the basis of the report prepared after completion of its initial trials, he said.

On installation of the system on other trains, Mr Muniyappa said further action would be planned after successful field trials and design validation of the alarm and smoke detection systems.


On steps taken by the Railways Ministry to check recurrence of fire mishaps, Mr Muniyappa said several measures were adopted.

“In Railway carriages, fire retardant cables and multi-tier electrical protection systems are provided to prevent incidents of fire due to electrical defects,” he said.

To stop fire from spreading, he said fire retardant furnishing materials have been introduced in train coaches and their standards are regularly updated as per international standards.

The Minister said that there is a provision for installing fire barrier and thermic lock in vestibule doors to delay fire propagation.

Replying to a question on strengthening the railways security, the Minister said, “a high-level committee had submitted its report on Composite Security Plan in 2008.”


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