Indian Railways to modify 20000 coaches for isolation needs

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New Delhi: Indian Railways will be prepared to modify 20000 coaches into quarantine coaches to step up the facilities in view of Covid-19 pandemic.

For this five Zonal Railways have already prepared prototypes for the quarantine/ isolation coaches.

These  coaches can accommodate upto 3.2 lakh possible beds for isolation needs. One coach is expected to be equipped with 16 beds for isolation.

Reports said the Indian Railways have selected non-AC ICF sleeper coaches to be utilized for conversion into quarantine/ isolation coaches.

The coaches will have one Indian style toilet is to be converted into a bathing room. It is to be equipped with bucket, mug and soap dispenser.

The authorities said both middle berths are to be removed in each cabin for conversion  for quarantine facility. Extra bottle holders shall be provided in each cabin for holding medical equipment, two for each berth.

The cabins will be fitted with mosquito nets on windows to avoid mosquito entry inside. Each cabin will be provided with 3 dustbins.

Of the initial 5000 coaches, zone wise allocation for converting these coaches is as follows:

  1. CR 482         9.            NWR      266
  2. ER 338         10.          SR           473
  3. ECR 208         11.          SCR        486
  4. ECoR 261         12.          SER         329
  5. NR 370         13.          SECR      111
  6. NCR 290         14.          SWR       312
  7. NER 216         15.          WR         410

8.            NFR        315         16.          WCR      133

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