Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 18:
With the Diwali festival scheduled on October 23, the East Coast Railway (ECoR) has geared up its machinery to prevent transport of crackers in passenger, mail and express trains in Odisha.
Carrying of inflammable objects like crackers, gas cylinder, acid, petrol, kerosene, etc. during train journey is a punishable offence under the Railway Act 1989 and the offender may get an imprisonment up to 3 years, the release reminded.
To make the train journey safer, ECoR has urged passengers to be careful and not to carry and allow their co-passengers carry inflammable objects while travelling.
If any passenger is found carrying inflammable items, the co-passengers are requested to inform the on-duty railway staff like TTEs, coach attendants, guards, station managers, Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel to save the train passengers from possible danger.
Passengers can SMS or call Help Line Number- 8455885777 and 8455885999 to report any incident concerning carrying crackers on train.
Steps have been taken by the Safety department to make the train passengers and rail users aware of the dangers of carrying crackers and explosive substances, an ECoR release said today.