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Southern Railway launches intensive drive against carriage of inflammable articles in trains

Carrying inflammable articles is punishable u/s 67, 164, and 165 of the Railway Act 1989

In a proactive move to ensure the safety of passengers during the o­ngoing festive season, Southern Railway has launched an intensive awareness campaign against the carriage of inflammable items o­n trains and at stations. The initiative aims to create a safer travel environment for all the passengers o­n board and promote a collective commitment to safety.

Passengers are urged to exercise caution and refrain from carrying, as well as preventing their co-passengers from carrying, inflammable objects such as firecrackers, gas cylinders, acid, petrol, kerosene, and other potentially hazardous materials during train journeys.

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.

To reinforce this message, regular announcements are being made at railway stations, appealing to passengers to avoid bringing inflammable and explosive items o­n board trains. The goal is to enhance awareness and Field officials have been instructed to maintain a vigilant watch o­n passenger movements during train travel. The Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel have been alerted and additional staff have been deployed to ensure safe travel.

Further, stringent measures are in place to ensure the thorough scanning of luggage and parcel items before loading o­nto trains.

If a passenger o­nboard or at a railway station comes across any co-passenger in possession of inflammables like crackers, Railway Helpline 139 can be accessed for registering complaints.

Public awareness campaign to encourage rail passengers to take preventative measures to avert fire incidents during the period from 18.10.2023 to 16.11.2023 all over Southern Railway

Leaflets distributed                              : 11,727

Stickers/posters pasted                       : 1,043

Nukkad nataks performed                   : 18

Announcements through PA system   : 942

Print media advertisements                 : 4

TV/RDN video screenings                   : 42

Social media banner posts                  : 176

Public awareness meetings conducted

With a view to promulgate awareness among various stakeholders, awareness meetings were conducted with the following categories of rail users:

Parcel porters                               : 370

Leaseholders and staff                 : 197

Parcel staff                                   : 270

Pantry car staff                             : 588

Catering staff at stations              : 394

Porters                                         : 287

OBHS staff                                   : 163

Other outsourced staff                 : 309

Passengers                                 : 4,565

Legal Actions Taken

Train checks                               : 4,145

Station checks                            : 2,324

Yard/washing line/pit line/fuelling point checks: 535

No. of violators jailed under section 153/164 of Railway Act for carrying inflammable articles, i.e. firecrackers and gas cylinders: 14

Southern Railway reinforces its dedication to the safety of rail users. All rail passengers are requested not to use any inflammable materials and adhere to the safety guidelines for travel.

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