During this ongoing festive season, after detection of fire crackers in trains at various locations like New Delhi, Anand Vihar, Jabalpur, Vijaywada, Pune etc. stations,
The Ministry of Railways has issued instructions to Zonal Railways for Drive against carriage of inflammable items across the Railways network. To make the train journey safer, Railways has urged passengers to be careful and not to carry and also not let their co-passengers carry inflammable objects while travelling on trains.
All Zonal Railways have launched an intensive awareness drive for the passengers. Regular announcements are being made at Railway stations making an appeal not to carry inflammable and explosive objects like firecrackers, gas cylinders, acid, petrol, kerosene, etc, in passenger trains during a train journey.
Zonal Railways have directed concerned officials to keep a strict vigil on passenger movements while travelling by train. Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel have been alerted. Luggage and parcel items are being scanned thoroughly before loading.
A public awareness campaign encouraging rail passengers to take preventative measures to avert fire incidents :
NO. of leaflets distributed : 36,852
NO. of stickers/posted posters : 12,401
NO. of Nukkad nataks performed : 638
NO. of stations where announcements through PA system is made :14,362
Advertisement published in print media : 171
Video displayed in TV channels/RDN : 1,320
Posting of banners on social media : 928
A public awareness meeting conducted
NO. of awareness meeting conducted with Parcel porters : 3,887
NO. of awareness meeting conducted with Lease Holders & their staff : 2,145
NO. of awareness meeting conducted with Parcel staff : 4,694
NO. of awareness meeting conducted with pantry car staff : 9,386
NO. of awareness meeting conducted with Catering staff of stations : 5,120
NO. of awareness meeting conducted with Kuli: 5,094
NO. of awareness meeting conducted with OBHS staff : 4,510
NO. of awareness meeting conducted with other outsourced staff: 4,977
NO. of awareness meeting conducted with Passengers: 79,060
Legal Actions Taken
NO. of checks conducted in trains : 37,311
NO. of checks conducted at stations : 22,110
NO. of checks conducted at yards/ washing lines / pit lines/ fueling points : 7,656
NO. of violators jailed under section 153/164 of Railway Act for carrying inflammable articles, i.e. firecrackers and gas cylinders : 155
NO. of violators booked for carrying Cigarettes/Beedi under the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) : 3,284
Indian Railways appeals to Railway passengers not to use any inflammable materials gas cylinders, petrol, diesel, and kerosene, stoves, matchboxes, cigarette lighters, and any detonating substances, including firecrackers.
As per Sections 67, 164, and 165 of the Railway Act 1989, carrying flammable and explosive articles on railways constitutes a punishable offence, with penalties of up to ₹1,000 or imprisonment for up to three years, or both, in addition to being responsible for any loss, injury, or damage caused.