Major fire engulfs 2 Rajdhani trains at New Delhi railway stationNew Delhi: In a major fire accident, 10 coaches of two Rajdhani trains were gutted at New Delhi railway station today. In the first incident, six coaches of Bhubaneswar Rajdhani were destroyed in the fire. This
New Delhi: In a major fire accident, 10 coaches of two Rajdhani trains were gutted at New Delhi railway station today.
In the first incident, six coaches of Bhubaneswar Rajdhani were destroyed in the fire. This fire spread to the nearby standing Sealdah Rajdhani Express. Four coaches of second train including the pantry were burnt completely in the fire.
The incident occurred when both the trains were parked in the yard for cleaning and maintenance services.
"The fire started in two coaches of Bhubaneshwar Rajdhani. The Sealdah Rajdhani was parked on the adjoining line and four coaches of this train also caught fire," Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) of Northern Railways, Neeraj Sharma, told reporters here.
Nobody was injured in the blaze, which was brought under control after Delhi Fire Services dispatched 20 fire tenders to the spot.
Train operations remain affected at the New Delhi railway station following the incident and several trains approaching it were halted midway as the power supply to the Over-Head Electrical line was withdrawn as a precautionary measure.
Exact reason of the fire is yet to be ascertained. But it is believed that short circuit may be the reason behind the fire.
A high-level inquiry has been ordered into the incident by the general manager of Northern Railways. A senior officials' committee has been formed by the GM to inquire into the incident.
“The damage is being assessed," Sharma said.
The trains were schedule to depart for their respective destinations today evening.