Passengers not allowed to charge phones, laptops in trains at night

Railway Passengers will not be able to use charging points in Train Coaches now at Night hours as the Indian Railways has restricted the use of charging points at Night to prevent Fire Accidents. The decision was taken after Delhi-Dehradun Shatabdi Express caught Fire on March 13. The Fire started in a Coach and spread to Seven other coaches. Other cases of a SHORT-CIRCUIT reported include the Delhi-Bhubaneswar Rajdhani, smoke emanating from the Duronto Train from Allahabad Junction to Lokmanyatilak terminal station in Mumbai and other minor fires reported from the premises of coach factories, in garbage dumps and in bushes on Railway property. In order to avoid such incidents from occurring, the National Transporter has decided to not just restrict Night time charging point usage but also to crack down on smokers. The points used for charging Mobile Phones and other Electronic devices for will be kept switched off from 11 pm till 5 am. Railways is reportedly planning to propose an increase in punishment for such offenses. Currently, smokers inside the Trains are punished under Section 167 of the Railways Act. Passengers who are found smoking are liable to a fine of up to Rs 100.

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