Bhubaneswar, Oct 24 (LocalWire): With Diwali fast approaching, East Coast Railway has geared up its machinery to intensify vigil crackers being carried in passengers, mail and express trains.
Carrying inflammable items during train journey is strictly prohibited. East Coast Railway has advised all its three divisions, i.e. Khurda Road, Sambalpur and Waltair to launch a Special Safety Drive to keep a strict vigil on carrying inflammable items in trains for the safety of passengers during Diwali.
If any passenger is seen carrying inflammable items, co-passengers are requested to inform on-duty Railway staff like Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel, TTEs, coach attendants, guards or station managers to save passengers from danger.
Passengers can call Help Line Number 182 to report any incident concerning carrying crackers on train.
Steps have been taken by the security department of East Coast Railway to make passengers aware of the dangers of carrying crackers and explosive substances.
Surprise checks are being carried out randomly in trains in this regard in case of any suspicion regarding carrying of crackers.
Apart from this, East Coast Railway has also taken awareness drive to alert passengers through public announcement system at stations.
Adequate fire extinguishers will be provided at stations, goods shed, guard’s brake van, AC coaches, pantry cars and locomotives. It will also be ensured that the passage infront of the doors of coaches will be kept free for passengers.
Carrying inflammable and explosive objects like crackers, gas cylinders, acid, petrol, kerosene during train journey is a punishable offence under the Railways Act, 1989 and the offender may get an imprisonment up to three years.