CHENNAI’S Integral Coach Factory has completed three prototype passenger coaches which have been designed to offer better fire resistance than existing Indian Railways rolling stock.

An initial prototype was developed by Karpurthala Rail Coach Factory, following a fatal fire at Godhra in 2002. Indian Railways had decided that all new passenger stock will make increased use of fire retardant materials, and existing vehicles will be refurbished. The use of fire retardant material has added Rs400000 to the cost of the new vehicles.

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