Mumbai-Delhi Rajdhani catches fire; passengers safe

Mumbai-Delhi Rajdhani catches fire; passengers safe

Ratlam: A fire broke out in four coaches of the Mumbai-Delhi Rajdhani Express between Alot and Thuriya stations early on Monday completely destroying two coaches.

All the 1,100 passengers on board the train are safe, officials said.

The fire broke out at a spot between the two stations at around 2.20 am in Kota division of West Central Railways, Ravi Mohan Sharma, Ratlam Divisional commercial manager said.

The four affected coaches were detached at Thuriya.

Preliminary investigation suggests that short-circuit caused the fire in B-6 and B-7 coaches and the pantry car, he said

Sharma said that B-6 and B-7 were fully damaged, while B-5 and the pantry car suffered minor damage.

Railway authorities have announced ex-gratia of 5,000 each for the 144 passengers in B-6 and B-7 coaches.

Fire tenders were rushed to the spot from Ujjain and Ratlam.

Sharma said that commissioner, Railway Safety (Central Circle) had started a probe and the report would be submitted to the Railway Board in seven days.

WCR chief public relations officer, Piyush Mathur said that after the affected coaches were detached, the train left for Delhi at around 8.20 on Monday morning.

Rail traffic was disrupted in the Nagda-Kota line for some time due to the incident, he said.

Helplines have been set up at Kota, Ratlam and Mumbai to provide information about the incident.