Coronavirus India: Mass preparation! Indian Railways to modify 20,000 coaches into quarantine centres with 3.2 lakh beds
Coronavirus India: In a bid to fight against the deadly Chinese Coronavirus, Indian Railways has come forward with a massive plan.
Coronavirus India: In a bid to fight against the deadly Chinese Coronavirus, Indian Railways has come forward with a massive plan. The national carrier has decided that it would modify 20,000 coaches into for quarantine purposes to augment the facilities being created in the country. These modified coaches can accommodate up to 3.2 lakh possible beds for isolation needs.
Informing about the Indian Railways Coronavirus role in the endeavour to get rid of coronavirus in India, the ministry said, "As part of COVID-19 preparedness, it has been decided by Indian Railways that it would be prepared to modify 20,000 coaches into quarantine/ isolation coaches to augment the quarantine facilities being created in the country. In this connection, consultations were held with Armed Forces Medical Services, Medical Department of various Zonal Railways, and Ayushman Bharat, Ministry of Health, Government of India. Five Zonal Railways have already prepared prototypes for the quarantine/ isolation coaches."
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The Indian Railways has started work on modification of 5000 coaches, which are to be converted initially into quarantine/ isolation coaches. These 5000 coaches would be having the capacity to accommodate up to 80,000 beds. One coach is expected to have 16 beds for isolation.
Only Non-AC ICF sleeper coaches are being planned to be utilized for conversion into Quarantine/ isolation coaches. One Indian style toilet is to be converted into a bathing room. It is to be equipped with a bucket, mug and soap dispenser. Taps with lift type handle would be provided in washbasins. A similar tap to be provided at the proper height so that the bucket can be filled.
"The first cabin near the bathing room shall be provided with two hospitals or plastic curtains transversely in the aisle so that the entry and exit to the entire eight berth cabins can be screened off. This cabin will be used as a store/paramedics area. Two Oxygen cylinders will also be provided by the Medical department for which suitable clamping arrangement on the side berth side of this cabin is to be provided," the Indian Railways statement read.
Both middle berths are to be removed in each cabin. Extra bottle holders shall be provided in each cabin for holding medical equipment, two for each berth. Extra 3 peg coat hooks, 2 per cabin to be provided. Mosquito net to be provided on windows to avoid mosquito entry inside and have proper ventilation too. Each cabin will be provided with 3 dustbins with foot-operated lids of Red, Blue and Yellow Colour suitably lined with garbage bags.
For insulation of the coaches, Bamboo/Khus mats may be affixed/ pasted on the roof and each side of the coach above and below windows to shield the effect of heat inside the coach. All charging points for laptop and mobile to be functional. It must be ensured that all amenity fittings are in place whenever the coaches are requisitioned.
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