Fire system audit teams formed by railways to improve safety

MUMBAI: The ministry of Railways (Railway Board) has constituted two separate Fire Safety Audit Teams A and B to identify areas requiring further upgradation to match the latest fire safety norms to international standards.

Minister of State for Railways Kotla Jaya Surya Prakash Reddy in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today said, “The teams will also conduct checks in few select Railway at stations, coaching deports, workshops etc., for assessment of compliance of RDSO and Board’s instructions regarding fire safety. Fire Safety Audit Teams are yet to submit their reports.”

Listing out the steps taken to improve security and safety, he said “Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel are deployed at parcel offices to ensure restricted entry and checking of suspicious parcel packages. For supplementing efforts of States, security has been identified as one of the priority areas by Railways for strengthening and up-gradation.”

An Integrated Security System (ISS) is also being implemented to strengthen security over 202 nominated stations. The ISS comprises of Internet Protocol based CCTV System, Access control, Personal and baggage screening system, Explosive detection and disposal system

Other measures initiated in recent past to strengthen railway security include procurement of modern security related equipment, setting up of an All India Security Help Line, networking of RPF Post and Security Control Rooms, up-gradation of RPF training centers and creation of additional posts etc.