Railways start project to install fire alarms

Indian Railways has started a pilot project to install fire and smoke detection alarms in trains.

Last Updated: Dec 15, 2011, 18:05 PM IST

New Delhi: Indian Railways has started a
pilot project to install fire and smoke detection alarms in
trains and equip the coaches with fire-retardant material,
government told the Lok Sabha on Thursday.

In a written reply to a question in the House, Minister
of State for Railways K H Muniyappa said, "as a pilot project,
Indian Railways has installed early fire and smoke detection
systems in 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 this system in other trains, Muniyappa
said further action will 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
re-occurrence of fire incidents in future, Muniyappa informed
the House on several measures adopted for this.

"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 the international
standards.

The Minister said that there is a provision for
installing fire barrier and thermic lock in vestibule doors to
delay fire propagation in Linke Holfmann Busch (LHB) type of
coaches.

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.
Twenty one recommendations were made in the Composite Security
Plan on various issues pertaining to Railway security."

The high-level committee with members from National
Security Guards (NSG), Intelligence Bureau (IB), Delhi Police,
Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Railways was constituted in
2007 for recommending a composite security plan.

"The Committee identified vulnerable stations of Railways
including stations of Metro Rail, Kolkata. Based on its report
and feedback from field units and intelligence agencies, 202
stations have been identified for implementation of Integrated
Security System (ISS) at an estimated cost of Rs 353 crore,"
he said.

The ISS comprises of Internet Protocol based CCTV
surveillance system, access control, personal and baggage
screening system and bomb detection and disposal systems.

PTI