The East Coast Railway (ECoR) has advised the three Divisions, Khurda Road, Sambalpur and Waltair, to launch a special safety drive to keep a strict vigil on carrying inflammable items in trains for the safety of the passengers during Diwali Celebrations.
Carrying of inflammable objects like crackers, gas cylinders, acid, petrol and kerosene during train journey is a punishable offence under the Railway Act 1989 and the offender may get an imprisonment up to 3 years.
To make the train journey safer, ECoR has urged passengers to be careful and not to carry and also not let their co-passengers carry inflammable objects. If any passenger is seen carrying inflammable items, the co-passengers are requested to inform on-duty Railway staff like TTEs, Coach Attendants, Guards of the train, Station Managers, Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel.
Passengers can also call on helpline number 182 to report any incident of crackers being carried on train.
Steps have been taken by the Safety Department of ECoR to make the train passengers and rail Users aware of the dangers of carrying crackers and explosive substances. Surprise checks will be carried in trains in this regard in case of any suspicious.