The fiery summer is yet to arrive and India is continuously reporting fire flames in different parts of the nation. The Indian Railways has decided to disallow passengers from using mobile charging stations as a precaution amid fire breaking out in the nation due to short circuits and heatwaves.
The Railways has restricted the use of charging stations onboard trains between 11 pm and 5 am. The senior officials have confirmed the news of cutting off supply to charging ports between this period. CPRO of Western Railway, Sumit Thakur "It is a Railway Board instruction for all railways. We have started implementing it from March 16," told PTI. However, Southern Railway CPRO B Guganesan told PTI that these instructions are not new, but a reiteration of earlier orders of the Railway Board. The Railway Board had eventually issued such orders to all rail zones. The decision is revised because recently many incidents of fire reported in some trains. According to railway officials, the decision was taken as a precautionary measure because reports read that the points used for charging mobile phones and other electronic devices should be switched off at night to avoid any carelessness.
The Railways also made another announcement as an initiative against smoking and carrying inflammable items, which were apparently also the cause of the fire. The national transporter has instructed zonal railways to initiate an intensive awareness drive of seven days to educate all the stakeholders, including railway users and employees, about precautions to be taken against fire incidents.