Railways conduct Field Trails for Automatic Fire & Smoke Detection System in Running Trains

नयी दिल्ली New Delhi:  A pilot project for field trial with Automatic Fire and Smoke Detection system has been taken up in one rake of New Delhi-Bhubaneswar Rajdhani Express. Besides, one LHB (Linke Hofmann Busch) rake in New Delhi-Jammu Tawi Rajdhani and one rake of LHB AC Double Decker coached running between Kachiguda- Tirupati-Guntur have also been provided with such a system. Technical specification has been revised for extended field trial. In the revised specification, Air brake system has been interfaced with Fir and Smoke detection system for automatic application of brakes in trains in emergency situations owing to fire.

Presently, trials are being conducted only in Air Conditioned (AC) trains as the present design of Automatic Fire and Smoke Detection system is suitable for AC coaches which have regulated circulation of ambient air inside coaches.

Research Designs & Standards Organisation (RDSO) has developed a tentative technical specification for trial of Automatic Fire and Smoke Detection system suitable for non-AC coaches.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

Induction of Modern Technology for Prevention of Train Accidents’

Induction of modern technology for prevention of train accidents is highest priority area with Indian Railways. In this regard, for prevention of collisions, provision of Train Protection Warning System (TPWS), Train Collision Avoidance system (TCAS), Auxiliary Warning System (AWS), Vigilance Control Device (VCD) and fog Safe Devices (FSD) have been taken up for in-depth appraisal.

To prevent derailment and other incidents, works of provision of Track Circuiting, Electrical/Electronic Interlocking Signalling system, fitment of tight lock Centre Buffer Couplers (CBC), use of superior crashworthy coaches of LHB design, use of fire retardant material in coaches, provision of superior air brake system, increased use of superior Flash Butt Welding Technology, introduction of 60 kg rails instead of 52 kg rails and use of Ultrasonic flaw Detector (USFD) equipments etc., have been taken up on priority.

The High Level Safety Review Committee constituted by the Ministry of Railways under the chairmanship of Dr. Anil Kakodkar has made 106 recommendations on various technical and technology related aspects which require in-depth analysis for deciding their acceptance or non-acceptance before being implemented. The recommendations found acceptable/partially acceptable will be initiated for implementation on completion of the process of detailed deliberations on these recommendations.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.