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Thane fire: Civic body asks Central Railway to install ring hydrants at every platform

Officials said these hydrants could be used to extinguish blazes before the fire brigade arrives

mumbai Updated: Jan 17, 2018 23:44 IST
Megha Pol
Megha Pol
Hindustan Times
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The fire broke out inside a coach of an empty train along platform number 1 of Thane station.(HT Photo)

Following the fire that gutted an empty coach of a local train early on Wednesday, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has asked the central railway to fix ring hydrants at all of its platforms to cut response time during a fire. This is a second fire in a local train and the TMC said these hydrants could be used to extinguish blazes before the fire brigade arrives.

The fire broke out inside a coach of an empty train along platform number 1 of Thane station. “The platform is closer to the road and can also be accessed from the B-cabin side. However. had the fire started at a different platform and during peak hours, access would have being difficult. We had asked the railway authorities to fix ring hydrants at each of the station’s 10 platforms following the previous fire in June last year. However, they have not paid heed to the suggestion,” said a fire officer.

The department said it will draft a letter to the railway authorities demanding the fitment of the hydrants. “These hydrants are, as per the government norms, fitted in most railway stations across India. They are also used for filling water in railway tanks or cleaning toilets in case of long distance trains,” he added.

The officer said every platform should have these hydrants at a distance of 30 meters.

“The hydrants should have a 100-metre-long hose pipe. If these hydrants are fitted, the railways can themselves douse the fire immediately, preventing any major loss of life or property,” he said.

In the past:

June 7, 2017: A fire broke out in an empty rake stationed at the yard near B-cabin in Thane on June 7, 2017. Though the fire was minor, the railway authorities were unable to control the smoke and had to call the fire brigade officials. The fire was inside an empty rake which was stationed in the car shed and thus, no passengers were hurt.

November 2016: 50 commuters were safely evacuated from a Kalyan-bound local when the pantograph of one of the coaches of the train caught fire. People saw smoke coming out of the train as it headed towards Thane platform and started running in panic. The authorities cleared the commuters inside the train, doused the fire, and sent it to Kalwa car shed for repair.

First Published: Jan 17, 2018 23:43 IST