GUWAHATI, Aug 8 - A total of 806 persons have been detained so far this year in the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) zone for needlessly pulling alarm chains and causing delay of trains.
“A large number of alarm chain pulling cases have been reported from major stations where passengers who were late for the train used the alarm chain to delay the departure of the train. As train movements are planned in a certain sequence, the delay in one train leads to a loss in punctuality of other trains too, leading to inconvenience to a large number of people. The alarm chains in the train are meant to be used only during an acute emergency,” said Pranav Jyoti Sharma, chief public relations officer (CPRO) of NFR.
He said earlier the Railways embedded an alarm chain in either side of the coaches.
“However, Indian Railways has reduced the numbers of chains as misuse of this facility was rising at an alarming rate. Now, there is only a single chain located in the middle of every coach. Alarm chain pulling can be done by a passenger in the event of a medical emergency, fire in the train, boarding with an elderly or disabled person, and for safety-related emergencies like robbery,” Sharma said.
Section 141 of the Indian Railways Act specifies that needlessly interfering with means of communication in a train shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year or with fine which may extend to Rs 1,000 or with both.