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Special accident relief trains soon

india Updated: Aug 26, 2006 15:11 IST
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TO PROVIDE impetus to rescue operations during accidents, a Self Propelled Accident Relief Train (SPART) each would be stationed at Bhopal, Jabalpur and Kota divisions of West Central Zone.

Manufacturing of SPART has commenced at Rail Coach Factory in Kapurthala, and these trains are likely to chug in Bhopal and Jabalpur divisions in a year’s time, according to West-Central railway Chief Public Relations Officer, Mudit Mittal.

These trains would run from both ends, akin to local trains having inbuilt engines. So, during emergencies SPART can swiftly move to the destination, he said. It is believed that for rescue operation the first hour, after mishap was very crucial for saving lives, he said.   

At the moment, crucial time is wasted in arranging the locomotive and dispatching Accident Relief Medical Vans (ARMV) to the accident site.  The ARMVs are pulled by locomotives and have two coaches – one - carrying medical equipments and team and another carrying rescue material along with men. The SPART would have three coaches to carry rescue material, medical provisions and staff separately, Mittal said.

Rail Coach Factory has commenced manufacturing of SPART after the High Level Committee on Disaster Management formed by the Railway Board, suggested for the new rescue train. The Committee comprised five Railway Board officials - Member Mechanical, Member Traffic, Financial Commissioner, Director General (Railway Health and Services) and Director General of Railway Protection Force (RPF).