Chandigarh, Sept. 22 -- To ensure safety of 1,000-odd passengers travelling between Chandigarh and Delhi daily, the Northern Railways has installed very early smoke detection apparatus (VESDA) in all coaches of the three Shatabdi Express trains running on this route.

Being highly sensitive, VESDA will help detect smoke particles at a very early stage and timely bring the fire under control. "The initiative is a part of the railway department's move to strengthen safety measures in trains for the benefit of passengers. Presently, the apparatus is being installed in a few selected trains. Other trains will be covered as well," said Karan Singh, additional divisional railway manager, Ambala division.

Another senior official, who requested an...