“It’s a Railway Board instruction for all railways. We have started implementing it from March 16,” CPRO of Western Railway, Sumit Thakur, told PTI.
Southern Railway CPRO B Guganesan told PTI that these instructions are not but repetition of earlier orders of the Railway Board.
In 2014, the commissioner of Railway Safety had recommended that charging stations be switched off between 11 pm to 5 am, soon after a fire incident in the Bangalore-Hazur Sahib Nanded Express. The Railway Board had eventually issued such orders to all rail zones.
In the view of recent fire incidents, we have taken this precautionary measure.
In a report on the fires, officials suggested that the points used for charging mobile phones and electronic devices should be switched off at night.
Many incidents of minor fires, reported reported onboard long-distance trains, were caused due to overcharging of electronic devices, officials said.
The Railways has announced a slew of initiatives against smoking and carrying inflammable items, which were apparently also the cause behind some of the recent fires onboard trains.
The national transporter has instructed zonal railways to initiate an intensive awareness drive of seven days to educate all the stakeholders including railway users and employees, about precautions to be taken against fire incidents. PTI