CR to counter fire with gas

SIX months after a fire engulfed a signal cabin at Kurla and threw services on the Central line out of gear for almost 40 hours in April, the Central Railway (CR) officials are now planning to install a high-end fire fighting system in signal rooms at Kurla and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. 

Utter chaos: Commuters were left stranded at CST after the fire at a signal cabin in Kurla threw services out of gear in April. File Pic

The decision was taken after Railway Board Chairperson Vinay Mittal visited the Lokmanya Tilak Terminus on Saturday.

CR officials said the new system will not only detect fire and alert the control room, but will implement measures to control the fire.

“This will be a fire alarm and suppression system, wherein gas will be emitted to extinguish sparks and fire,” a CR said.

CR General Manager Subodh Jain confirmed that the Rs 46 lakh system would be installed at Kurla (Phase I) and CST (Phase II), respectively.

“We have called tenders and are hoping that the system will be installed in the next three months,” another official said.

CR officials said the signal cabin at CST was equally important, as it controlled signals allowing entry and exit of trains to and from the station. 

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