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Kolkata Metro fire: 16 fall ill after smoke fills AC coach inside tunnel, passengers allege delay in rescue operation

Panic Gripped Over 1,500 Passengers, Who Accused The Authority Of Not Taking Immediate Action About The Situation. On This, Officials Said If The Driver Did Not Make An Announcement, The Matter Will Be Investigated Further.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Nabanita Chakorborty | Updated on: 27 Dec 2018, 09:43:06 PM
Rescue officials offer an oxygen mask to a metro passengers after fire detected inside Kolkata Metro (Photo Source: PTI)

New Delhi:

At least 16 passengers were taken ill after dense smoke engulfed an air-conditioned coach of the Kolkata Metro between Rabindra Sadan and Maidan stations on Thursday. Smoke was seen billowing out of the Dum Dum-bound metro rake following a major fire on the train. The incident took place at about 4:50 pm after the train left the Maidan station this afternoon. However, passengers have been evacuated within an hour of the mishap.

"The fire was doused by the metro staff using water from fire hydrants. West Bengal Fire Service and Kolkata Police Disaster Management group are attending," the Kolkata Metro clarified on Twitter.

Speaking to media on Kolkata Metro fire, Aparajita Rai, Additional Deputy Commissioner said, "There are no casualties, 16 people have been injured, all have been taken to SSKM Medical College. It was an accident, there was a small spark in the front portion of the metro".

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"We are relieved there was no casualty. We called in the police and fire brigade as soon as we heard of the smoke. The train was stopped and metro workers tried to tackle with fire extinguishers," senior official Indrani Banerjee told reporters.

Panic gripped over 1,500 passengers, who accused the authority of not taking immediate action about the situation. On this, officials said if the driver did not make an announcement, the matter will be investigated further.

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The incident resulted in slow movement of traffic in several roads including AJC Bose Road towards PTS, Amir Ali Avenue towards 7 Point, Maa Flyover towards 7 Point, SN Banerjee Road and ATM Road towards Exide. The Metro services have been also suspended temporarily due to the fire incident at Maidan Metro station.

In a similar incident in 2014, a train between the Park Streets and Maidan stations got stuck inside a tunnel for long.

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First Published : 27 Dec 2018, 09:32:58 PM