Govt points finger at Metro Railway over fire in rake Fire department

first_imgKolkata: The state government has blamed Metro Railway for the incident of fire that took place on Thursday in an air-conditioned rake near Maidan station.On Friday, a meeting was held at Kolkata Police headquarter Lalbazar with state Fire minister Sujit Bose, officials from Kolkata Police and officials from the Fire department, where it was decided that Metro Railway will be issued a notice in connection with the incident. If any flaw or negligence is found on their part, action will be taken accordingly. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to sources, a high-level inquiry has already been ordered by the Metro Railway in this regard. However, the Fire department will also inquire about the matter. Metro Railway will be asked to furnish details of the fire safety management system installed in the rakes. They have also been asked to inspect the passenger safety systems which should be maintained strictly. Bose alleged on Friday that the incident has happened due to the negligence of Metro Railway. He said: “No one can deny the fact that there was negligence on part of Kolkata Metro. It needs to be looked into.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe Director General (DG) of Fire Jag Mohan stated that after Metro Railway provides them the necessary information mentioned in the notice, the Fire department will probe the matter. Fire department officials may also check the fire safety management system to make sure that the installed machineries are in working condition. “We are going to issue a notice to Metro Railway asking for the fire safety and life safety system details. After getting the details we will probe whether the systems are working properly or not. If any irregularity is noticed then action will be taken accordingly,” said the DG. During the fire on Thursday, several passengers had alleged that the motorman of the rake had locked the door between the passenger coach and the motorman’s cabin and left the rake. According to Metro Railway guideline, in case of an emergency passengers should be evacuated using the front door of the motorman’s cabin. But on Thursday, passengers were evacuated using the motorman’s entry as there was no ladder which could be used at the front door. Though Metro authorities claimed that the rescue operation was started within 20 minutes, passengers stated that the claim is not true. They were evacuated by the police personnel. Before the arrival of police, a few passengers had managed to break the window glasses to get out of the coach which was on fire. Apart from Thursday’s incident, police and Fire department officials also discussed about taking steps for better coordination between the police and Fire department during emergency situations. It was also mentioned that during a distress call, fire tenders should be given free passage to reach the incident spot as early as possible. On Thursday, Metro Railway passengers faced a tremendous ordeal after fire broke out inside an air-conditioned rake of a Dum Dum bound train just before entering Maidan station at around 5 pm. Smoke was detected inside the compartment just next to the motorman’s cabin, soon after the train left Rabindra Sadan. The train came to a halt inside the tunnel at a distance of around 50 metres from Maidan station. A number of passengers were injured and were admitted at SSKM Hospital.last_img