As per a report by the Indian Express, the Railways has notified that passengers will not be allowed to charge utilities like their phone or laptops during the night time between 11 PM to 5 AM on trains. This is being done to check the recent spate of fire incidents in trains.
The railways have notified about the precautionary measure recently and is, like always, very sorry for the inconvenience caused.
As per the report, the rule is already being followed by the Western Railway. The western railways, since March 16, has been cutting off the power supply to charging ports in trains during the night time.
Also, the railways notified that such instructions are not new.
In 2014, in light of a Commissioner of Railway Safety recommendation, Railway Board had asked all zones to switch off charging points between 11 pm and 5 am. This came after a fire incident in the Bangalore-Hazur Sahib Nanded Express.
“In view of the recent incidents of fire, we have done the needful. It is a precautionary measure and even earlier the Railway Board had issued such orders. The power from the main switchboard for these points will be switched off from 11 pm to 5 am,” an official said.