Indian Railways to remove curtains from 3-tier AC coaches
March 31, 2014 - New Delhi
- The Indian Railways decided to remove curtains put on pathways of three-tier (3 AC) coaches of all trains. The decision was taken citing safety reasons.
- Curtains from windows of 3 AC coaches will however continue.
- The decision was taken based on the recommendations of Commissioner of Railways Safety (CoRS) which conducted inquiry into causes of fire in Bangalore-Nanded Express train last year. 26 people including two children were killed and 13 others were injured in the mishap.
- According to a senior railway official, Railway Board had taken the decision on March 12 and instructed all the zonal railways to act accordingly.
- Railways will also host a two-day international conference on April 24 and 25 on fire safety technologies where participants from Germany, France, Italy, US and UK will attend.
- It was in 2009 when the Indian Railways decided to put curtains in air conditioned three-tier coaches to provide more privacy to passengers.