- 20000 coaches to accommodate 3.2 lakh doable isolation beds for COVID-19 sufferers
- Isolation coaches to be outfitted with all needed amenities
- Initially, 5000 coaches being ready to accommodate as much as 80000 beds
As a part of COVID-19 preparedness, Indian Railways has determined to switch 20000 coaches into quarantine/ isolation coaches to reinforce the quarantine amenities being created within the nation. These modified 20000 coaches can accommodate as much as 3.2 lakh doable beds for isolation wants.
On this connection, consultations had been held with Armed Forces Medical Providers, Medical Division of varied Zonal Railways, and Ayushman Bharat, Ministry of Well being, Authorities of India. 5 Zonal Railways have already ready prototypes for the quarantine/ isolation coaches.
Reportedly, work on modification of 5000 coaches, that are to be transformed initially into quarantine/ isolation coaches has already began. These 5000 coaches could be having a capability to accommodate as much as 80000 beds. One coach is predicted to have 16 beds for isolation.
Solely Non-AC ICF sleeper coaches are being deliberate to be utilized for conversion into Quarantine/ isolation coaches. One Indian model rest room is to be transformed into a showering room. It’s to be outfitted with bucket, mug and cleaning soap dispenser. Faucets with carry kind deal with could be supplied in washbasins. Related faucet might be supplied at correct top in order that buckets may be stuffed.
The primary cabin close to the washing room shall be supplied with two hospital/ plastic curtains transversely within the aisle in order that the entry and exit to all the eight berth cabins may be screened off. This cabin might be used as a retailer/paramedics space. Two Oxygen cylinders may even be supplied by the Medical division for which appropriate clamping association on the facet berth facet of this cabin is to be supplied.
Each center berths are to be eliminated in every cabin. Further bottle holders shall be supplied in every cabin for holding medical tools, two for every berth. Further Three peg coat hooks, 2 per cabin to be supplied. Mosquito web to be supplied on home windows to keep away from mosquito entry inside and have correct air flow too. Every cabin might be supplied with Three dustbins with foot-operated lids of Crimson, Blue and Yellow Color suitably lined with rubbish luggage.
For insulation of the coaches, Bamboo/Khus mats could also be affixed/ pasted on the roof and both sides of coach above and beneath home windows to protect the impact of warmth contained in the coach. All charging factors for laptop computer and cellular to be useful. It have to be ensured that each one amenity fittings are in place at any time when the coaches are requisitioned.
Of the preliminary 5000 coaches, zone clever allocation for changing these coaches is as follows:
Director-Common, Railway Well being Providers will difficulty detailed SOP for operation and use of those quarantine/isolation coaches/trains. The Zonal Railways have been suggested to plan for the above modifications instantly and inform the date of readiness of those rakes to Railway Board.