Charging Mobiles, Laptops Banned In Trains Between These Hours: Find Out Why?
Why Would This Happen?
On Tuesday, the Indian Railways decided to refrain passengers from using mobile charging stations onboard trains during 11 pm and 5 am.
Indian Railways has taken this decision as a precautionary measure against spread of fire, according to the officials.
The decision is influenced by recent incidents of fire reported in some trains.
The decision to restrict the use of the charging ports is mounted as a precautionary measure, as per the information provided by railway officials,
The officials suggested that the points used for charging mobile phones and other electronic devices should be switched off at night, according to a report on the fires.
Fire Breakouts During A Train Journey
Recently, many incidents of minor fires reported onboard long-distance trains, most of them were caused due to overcharging of electronic devices, said sources.
On March 13, a coach of the Dehradun-bound Shatabdi Express caught fire in a suspected case of a short circuit.
What Does Indian Railways Say?
Afterworld, there was a fire that broke out in the engine of a static goods train at the Ranchi station, just after six days of the earlier incident.
The Southern Railway CPRO B Guganesan said, “In view of the recent incidents of fire, we have done the needful. It is a precautionary measure and even earlier the Railway Board had issued such orders. The power from the main switchboard for these points will be switched off from 11 pm to 5 am,”.
Moving ahead with the decision, the Western Railway already put things in motion by cutting off supply to these charging ports on March 16.
Confirming the same, the CPRO of Western Railway, Sumit Thakur mentioned, “It is a Railway Board instruction for all railways. We have started implementing it from March 16,”.
It’s Not The First Time
We might get surprised, but these instructions are not new.
Prior to this, during 2014, Railway Board had instructed all zones to switch off charging points between 11 pm and 5 am.
This was done following a Commissioner of Railway Safety recommendation soon after a fire incident in the Bangalore-Hazur Sahib Nanded Express.
To spread awareness now, the national transporter has instructed zonal railways to initiate an intensive awareness drive of seven days.
As part of this initiative, they will educate all the stakeholders, including railway users and employees, about precautions to be taken against fire incidents.