Fire scare on Howrah-Secunderabad Falaknuma Express

Pundi (PUN): Tension prevailed for some time in the 12703 Howrah-Secunderabad Falaknuma Superfast Express, when a couple of passenger of travelling in S5 coach of the train allegedly saw a fire in their bogie on Saturday evening near Pundi railway station in Srikakulam district, which falls under Waltair division of the East Coast Railways (ECoR).

On being alerted about the fire, some of the passengers in the bogie allegedly pulled the chain to stop the train and alerted the railway staff on board, including the guard, who tried to sort out the problem. According to eyewitnesses, passengers who were reportedly sitting at the door of the bogie first noticed a loud noise accompanied by smoke emanating from the rear side of the train. The fire soon spread to the next bogey.

When contacted, ECoR chief public relations officer JP Mishra said it was not a fire but just a scare. While admitting that some smoke did emanate from coach number 5 of the Falaknuma Superfast near Pundi station on Saturday evening, he said the smoke was the result of some damage to the coach’s braking system. “Our railway staff on board the train rushed to the spot and took care of the technical issue. The train will also be checked again at Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam railway stations on Saturday night. Passengers need not worry about the situation as the train is running normally, except for a 15-20 minute delay due to the repair works,” Mishra told.

However, according to information available from the online train running status, Falaknuma Superfast Express was delayed by nearly one and a half hours as per its scheduled arrival at Srikakulam Road, nearly one hour late in reaching Vizianagaram Junction and about 50 minutes late in arriving at Visakhapatnam railway station on Saturday.