01 February 2019
Bhubaneswar: In the wake of a fire in the parking area of Bhubaneswar railway station on Friday morning, the East Coast Railway (ECoR) authorities ordered a massive eviction drive on the station premises.
The rescue personnel acted promptly and averted a major mishap as the fire occurred just outside the waiting hall (near the entrance).
Taking serious note of the incident of fire, ECoR has ordered a fact-finding enquiry to know the exact cause of the incident. This enquiry report will be submitted to Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Khurda Road.
Additional General Manager, East Coast Railway, Sudhir Kumar along with senior officers from ECoR Headquarters and Khurda Road Division rushed to Bhubaneswar Railway Station to take stock of the situation.
After reviewing the situation Kumar listed standing instructions which were imposed from Friday onward. The instructions listed by the Additional GM were:
Strict look out for vagabonds and undesirable elements in and around Railway premises. No unauthorised parking of vehicles & two-wheelers to be allowed;
Parking areas to be kept free of people loitering around the place. Fines to be imposed very strictly on people littering Railway areas and throwing garbage;
Sharp look out for people smoking cigarettes / beedis and throwing stubs in garbage dumping areas. This is a potential safety hazard; Garbage cleaning to be intensified from now onwards, Heaps of plastic waste and other garbage was kept in the area where the fire oriented;
“Due to severe winter conditions, it has been anticipated that there may be occasions when some people may light a small fire and sit around it. This type of situation will not be allowed near Railway areas,” the Additional GM’s orders read.