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Passenger evacuation drill in Kolkata Metro trains

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The Kolkata Metro Rail on Sunday carried out a mock drill inside the metro tunnel with a objective to rescue commuters and saving valuable lives and property in case of a fire, smoke inside the metro tunnel in between Belgachia and Shyambazar.

In the wake of the December 27 fire incident at metro rake near Netaji Bhawan station in Kolkata Metro, the drill was conducted to examine the safety measures.

Some inflammable materials were brought inside the metro train and set a ablaze. Metro staff, present during this mock drill, were imparted training on how to extinguish fire inside a train. The RPF personnel also imparted training about the technical details of using fire extinguishers. Training for quick passenger evacuation in case of a fire and no motoring inside Metro tunnel was also given.

The drill also emphasised on seamless coordination between different departments of the metro railway. The objectives of this programme were to upgrade fire extinguishing and passenger evacuation skills of the metro staff so that they could act quickly to save valuable life and property in case of an emergency, said Metro spokesperson Indrani Banerjee.

On December 27, evening an AC train caught fire in the tunnel, triggering panic among trapped passengers. Commuters repeatedly kicked the toughened glass windows to break them in a desperate bid to escape the smoke chamber. One person fractured his leg while jumping out. Several fell ill after inhaling smoke while others were in shock and trauma. Around 47 people were taken to nearby hospitals. A similar incident had occurred eight years ago.

Source: Times of India

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