zoom A fire broke out in a room of a cargo barge around 3:30 p.m. on August 1 at Sembcorp Marine Tuas Boulevard Yard in Singapore, according to Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF).SCDF dispatched 70 firefighters on the scene in order to contain the fire, cool the structure and prevent fire spread.SCDF forces also conducted interior firefighting operations within the barge during which one of the firefighters suffered a minor injury and was subsequently hospitalized.At approximately 10:30 p.m., about seven hours upon SCDF’s arrival at the fire scene, the fire was contained. It was finally extinguished by midnight, SCDF said.“At the height of the operation, the raging fire within the barge not only affected Deck 4 but it was deep seated burning in several cabins of Deck 3 too,” according to SCDF.“As most of the internal wooden structures of the cabins had collapsed, this posed a severe challenge to SCDF firefighters in penetrating these cabins to swiftly mitigate the fire.”The huge barge is 200 meters long and 50 meters wide.It was understood that there was no one on board the barge at the time of fire and no injuries were reported.The cause of the incident is under investigation, SCDF said.
Lucknow: With accidents becoming the order of the day on the Lucknow Agra Expressway, the Yogi Adityanath government has hit upon a new idea to check speeding on the expressway. The state government has announced that those covering the 302 km-stretch from Lucknow toll plaza to Agra in less than three hours will have to pay a fine for speeding. Avanish Kumar Awasthi, chief executive officer, Uttar Pradesh Expressways Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA) said that a total of 25 e-challlans have already been issued to vehicles that were found to be over speeding on the expressway over the past two days. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items “If any vehicle is found to have covered the distance between Agra and Lucknow or vice versa in less than three hours, it will be fined and an e-challan will be sent to the registered address of the vehicle owner,” he explained. He said that high-tech equipments have been installed at the toll plazas in order to capture images of vehicles for data analysis reports. The details are then sent to Superintendent of Poilce (Traffic), of Agra and Lucknow districts for issuance of e-challans. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder Accidents on the expressway have risen alarmingly. On June 28, seven people were killed when a bus rammed into a truck near Fatehabad. On June 21, three more lives were lost when a car rammed into a stationary truck near Mainpuri. Another life was claimed when a Lucknow-based businessman was killed on June 27 in an accident near Ferozabad on the Agra-Lucknow Expressway. Surprisingly there is no trauma centre or medical facility along the 302 km long expressway which makes it even more difficult for accident victims to get medical aid. Avanish Awasthi said: “We are building utilities along the Expressway and very soon medical facilities will be available along the route.” Meanwhile, a transport official said that apart from speeding, the increase in heat wave conditions was causing tyre bursts which leads to accidents. “Majority of the accidents on the expressway — Lucknow-Agra — as well as the Yamuna Expressway (or the Taj Expressway) — have been caused with SUVs ramming into stationary trucks. This is caused by tyre bursts as the cement laying on the Yamuna Expressway causes heating up of tyres. The Agra Expressway is laid with tarmac and is comparatively safer,” the official explained.