Sep 7, 2013

Railways to install smoke detection system in coaches

RAIPUR: Now, railway passengers have a reason to cheer, South Eastern Central Railways is introducing a fire and smoke detection system to improve safety in coaches.

"It has been long since railways have been trying to introduce a substantial safety system, and the installation of fire and smoke detection system, will now solve the problem. As air-conditioned coaches are more prone to fire accidents due to no ventilation, the system has been put on trial and error process, limiting it to the trains that are fully air-conditioned," chief public relations officer, R K Agrawal told TOI.

Agrawal added, "The system is capable of checking and raising alarm during the initial stages of fire, thereby, giving valuable time for shifting to safe areas and evacuation."

The automatic system is based on Very Early Warning Smoke Detection System (VEWSD) strategy to detect smoke/fire at incipient stage of smoke, fire through continuous multipoint sampling and analysis of coach environment.

"Fully air-conditioned trains like Rajdhani, Shatabdi, August Kranti, Gareeb Rath and Duranto Express all pass through Raipur, Bilaspur or other stations in Chhattisgarh. While, initially only AC trains will get this facility, eventually, all trains would have the phase-wise safety system, after the commercial production begins," Agrawal said.

The four alarm levels called alert, action, fire-1 and fire-2 will signify the severity of fire. During the trial method, two actual fire incidences were detected by the system in two coaches of Bhubaneshwar Rajdhani and timely warning saved loss of property and life.

Research Design & Standards Organization (RDSO), a research wing of the ministry of railways, is working on the air-brake system of the coaches, so that in the event of fire-2 alarm, trains hault before the hooter is sounded. "It will ensure that passengers can safely get off the train without much panic. The system will be installed in all the AC trains within this year."

Girdhari Agrawal, a passenger, who was engulfed in smoke billowing from his AC compartment of Gareeb Rath Express train, a year ago, said, "It reminded me of the bollywood flick 'Burning Train'. I almost imagined the whole train in fire. I immediately pulled the chain and awakened the attendant. It could have triggered a major fire accident. Had this system been there, the train would have automatically halted and an alarm would have been raised."
Source..times of india

Dietcon-2013 inaugurated

A two-day national conference of Railway Dietician Association DIETCON -2013 got under way on Friday under the aegis of Divisional Railway Hospital, Vijayawada on the theme “Practical Dietetics in Health and Disease”.

The conference was inaugurated by Dr.NTR University of Health Sciences Vice-Chancellor I.V. Rao in the presence of Division Railway Manager Pradeep Kumar, and Chief Medical Superintendent G. Rajasekhar Reddy. Dr.I.V. Rao said that the role of dietician assumes great importance in the present day environment when people were combating several diseases.
Source..the hindu

Spain train mishap: new recording emerges

The driver of a Spanish train that flew off the rails and killed 79 people admitted speeding but complained bitterly about a dangerous curve as he lay trapped in his cabin, a new recording reveals. In a telephone call to rail officials, moments after the July 24 disaster, injured train driver Francisco Jose Garzon Amo can be heard fretting over the fate of passengers and decrying the bend where the train derailed. “There must be many wounded because it has turned over. I can’t get out of the cabin,” he said in a recording released online on Thursday by leading daily El Pais — AFP
Source.. The Hindu

Letter to Kharge


Bangalore-based member of Southern Railway’s Zonal Railway Users Consultative Committee Prakash Mandoth has expressed shock over the rejection of the demand for creation of new railway divisional headquarters at Mangalore and Gulbarga.
In a letter on Friday to Railway Minister M. Mallikarjun Kharge, Mr. Mandoth said that the high-level panel of the Ministry which rejected the demands citing financial burden had ignored the Sarin Committee report. The committee had, in 1984, recommended creating a division at Gulbarga, the most backward district of Hyderabad-Karnataka region.
Urging the Minister to hasten the process to set up the two new divisional headquarters, he pointed out that 70 per cent of the revenue collected from the region went to Central Railway and South Central Railway and is spent for the development railway network in Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh.
In the case of Mangalore, the divisional headquarters, Palakkad, was 360 km away and the zonal headquarters, Chennai, was further away. The genuine demands for railway bridges, introduction of new trains, increasing frequency had been ignored, though 98 per cent of the revenue for Palakkad came from New Mangalore Port.
Mangalore region was working under South Western Railway, Southern Railway and Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd.
‘Hasten process to set up divisional headquarters in Mangalore and Gulbarga’





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