Fire Engulfs Two Train Coaches Near Chandmari Area in Guwahati
A horrific incident took place on Saturday, March 11, as a fire engulfed two train coaches near the Chandmari area in Guwahati. The train was on its way to lower Assam when the fire broke out at around 6:30 pm. Both coaches were reportedly empty, and no casualties have been reported so far.
Investigation and cause of the fire
According to eyewitnesses, the fire in Chandmari in train started from one bogie and spread to the other one. One bogie was completely destroyed, while the other was partially damaged. The reason for the sudden outbreak of fire is being investigated, and further details are awaited.
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In another incident, a devastating fire in Hatigaon Chariali locality of Guwahati has caused immense damage to over 100 residences. While no casualties have been reported in the incident, the properties worth several crores have been damaged in the fire. The incident has raised questions about the safety measures in residential areas, especially in areas where most of the houses are constructed using bamboo.
The incident has sent shockwaves across the city, with many residents expressing their concerns over the safety of public transport in the state. Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has taken cognizance of the incident and has directed the concerned authorities to take immediate action.
Speaking to the media, Sarma said, “We are deeply saddened by the incident and extend our sympathies to those affected by it. We have already ordered an inquiry into the matter, and the report will be submitted within 24 hours. We will take stringent action against those found guilty of negligence or any other lapses.”
The chief minister also assured that the state government would provide all possible assistance to those affected by the incident. “We will ensure that the victims receive proper medical treatment, and adequate compensation is provided to those who have suffered losses,” he said.
The incident has highlighted the importance of stricter safety regulations in residential areas as well as for train, especially in areas where most of the houses are constructed using bamboo. It is crucial to ensure that all safety measures are in place to prevent such incidents from happening in the future.
The incident has also raised questions about the safety standards of the Indian Railways, which has been plagued by a series of accidents and mishaps in recent years. In 2017, a major train accident in Uttar Pradesh had claimed the lives of more than 140 people, while several other incidents have also been reported across the country.
Railway authorities have assured that all necessary safety measures were in place and that an investigation would be conducted to determine the cause of the fire. “We have taken immediate action and have deployed a team of officials to the site of the incident. We will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that the truth comes out, and those responsible are held accountable,” said a senior railway official.
Meanwhile, the incident has also prompted calls for better safety standards in public transport, with many experts stressing the need for regular safety audits and inspections. “We need to ensure that all public transport systems are regularly audited for safety standards and that all necessary measures are taken to prevent such incidents from happening again,” said a transport expert.
The train incident has sent shockwaves across the city, with many residents expressing their concerns over the safety of public transport in the state. The state government must take stringent action to ensure that such incidents are not repeated in the future, and adequate safety measures are put in place to protect the lives and property of citizens.
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