Mumbai (PTI): As many as 147 candidates have suffered injuries during physical tests held as part of the ongoing recruitment drive of the Mumbai Fire Brigade, the city civic body said.

While142 of them received minor injuries, five aspirants suffered fractures and were hospitalised, a release of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said on Tuesday.

Most of the candidates suffered injuries while jumping off a 19-feet-high platform as part of the physical tests, said the release.

Candidates have to jump from the platform, not on the ground but on the jumping sheet held by trained firemen, it added.

The Mumbai Fire Brigade has undertaken a recruitment drive for filling up 910 vacant posts of fireman. Since January 13, 2023, a total of 7,532 candidates have undergone physical tests at a ground in Dahisar in the western suburbs.

"Out of these, 147 candidates have sustained various injuries. All the injured were taken to municipal hospitals in ambulances immediately," the release said.

Barring five candidates who were hospitalised due to fractures, all others were provided medical treatment and allowed to go home, the BMC said, adding all safety precautions were being followed during the recruitment process.

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New Delhi, Feb 6: Train passengers would soon be able to order food through a WhatsApp number, with an interactive Artificial Intelligence-enabled chatbot handling their queries on e-catering and booking meals.

The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) is already delivering meals on certain routes through WhatsApp number +91 8750001323.

"WhatsApp communication for e-catering services implemented on selected trains and passengers. Based on customer feedback and suggestions, the company will enable the same on other trains," the Railways said in a statement on Monday.

The IRCTC has started e-catering services through a specially developed website www.catering.irctc.co.in as well its e-catering app 'Food on Track', it said.

The implementation of e-catering services through WhatsApp was envisaged in two phases.

The first phase has already been implemented, Under this, a business WhatsApp number sends a message to the customers booking e-ticket for opting in e-catering services by clicking on www.ecatering.irctc.co.in.

They are then enables to book meals of their choice from the restaurants of their choice available at stations enroute directly through the e-catering website of IRCTC without even requiring to download the App.

The next phase is when the interactive WhatsApp meal booking and delivery are planed.

Under this, the WhatsApp number will be enabled to become an interactive two way communication platform for the customer wherein an AI-powered chatbot will handle all queries of e-catering services for the passengers and book meals for them.

Currently, approximately 50,000 meals are being served in a day to the customers through IRCTC's e-catering services enabled through its website as well as app.