Fire in Mumbai monorail; no casualties

Fire in Mumbai monorail; no casualties

In a freak mishap, a Monorail caught fire at the Mysore Colony in Mumbai in the wee hours of Thursday. However, there were no casualties.

While the cause of the fire, in which two coaches were charred is not yet known, the Maharashtra Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has launched a probe into the incident.

Mumbai has a single monorail line which runs along a nine-km route, covering seven stations, from Chembur to Wadala. The trains run from 5 AM to midnight every day.

According to MMRDA's joint project director Dilip Kawathkar, one coach of the empty monorail train caught fire around 5 am at Mysore Colony station before the revenue services were started. "A total of two coaches were affected by the fire. This train was travelling from Wadala to begin day's service from Chembur," he said. The operations had to be suspended because of the fire.

The motorman, when the train reached Mysore Colony station, noticed smoke emanating from below the last coach and called fire brigade immediately. The fire was extinguished by 6 am.

Metropolitan commissioner U P S Madan has ordered an enquiry by an independent committee to determine the cause of the fire and for a full checkup of all the monorail trains.

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