Indian Railways to convert train coaches into isolation wards

Indian Railways - A railway worker sanitises a coach of Rajdhani Express
Indian Railways - A railway worker sanitises a coach of Rajdhani Express (representational image) | Photo: ANI
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Coronavirus Lockdown: Indian Railways to convert train coaches into quarantine facilities

PM Modi, Prime Minister of India has instructed the Indian railways to transform some coaches into quarantine facilities or ICU wards so that people in remote areas without food and medical facilities can be reached in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

A senior official of western railways said that the orders will be notified by the Indian Railways Ministry Saturday.

To help in containing the spread of novel coronavirus infection, Indian Railways ready with a plan to convert coaches into quarantine facilities.

The Indian Railways Ministry is planning to turn the existing coaches into quarantine facilities where those who need to be quarantined with food and medical facilities provided to them within the coach.

The official of western railways was quoted in the report, “to ensure the uninterrupted source of power, the zone has identified all locations where a train coach can be charged.”

A Western Railway official said that the trains would be transformed into isolation wards for patients and paramedical staff who will be treating them. The design and layout for the required modifications have been prepared.

Railways officials have also been asked to ensure electricity supply for a longer duration to these coaches and also to see that adequate arrangements are made.

The officials said that all pantry cars are being transformed into a mobile kitchen to providing food who will be quarantined.

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Railway Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted “The country’s lifeblood, Indian trains have been idled. Railways will offer clean, hygienic and sanitized surroundings for the patients to comfortably recover”

Following the PM’s instructions, Wednesday, Piyush Goyal, Indian Railways Minister, and Vinod Kumar, Railway Board Chairman instructed top officials to start preparations.