Ministry of Railways receives High Court notice over PIL on Fire Mishaps

Chennai: The Madras High Court on Tuesday ordered issue of notice to the Ministry of Railways on a PIL seeking provision of fire extinguishers in train coaches in view of recurring fatal fire mishaps in running trains.

The petitioner submitted that train accidents, including fire in compartments, were taking frequently resulting in the deaths of passengers.

Though there were more than 11,000 passenger trains running in the country there were no plans to provide fire extinguishers in compartments, Kannan Govindarajulu contended in his petition.

The petitioner said medicines were also not provided in the first aid box available in the coaches. He also sought improving safety mechanism in trains using advanced technology.

The PIL comes close on the heels of the Bangalore-Nanded Express fire accident in Andhra Pradesh in which 26 people died on December 28 last year.

The First Bench comprising Chief Justice R K Agrawal and Justice M Sathyanarayanan issued notice to the Railway Ministry returnable by February 11.