In a bid to support the ongoing national efforts to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, Indian Railways today announced that it has converted 2,500 coaches as isolation wards.
In a press release, the Ministry of Railways said, the Indian Railways has put all its might and resources behind national efforts and has achieved almost half the initial task of 5,000 coaches within a short span of time.
“In times of Lockdown, when manpower resources are limited and have to be rationalised and rotated, different Zones of Railways have almost done an impossible task of so many conversions in such a small span of time. With the conversion of around 2500 coaches, 40000 isolation beds are now ready for contingency,” the release said.
Railway Ministry also said that once the prototype was approved and conversion action was started quickly by Zonal Railways. On an average, 375 coaches are being converted by Indian Railways in a day which was carried out at 133 locations in the country.
These coaches, the Ministry said, are equipped as per medical advisories issued. Efforts are being done to ensure best possible stay and medical supervision as per the needs and norms.
“It may be noted that these isolation coaches are being prepared only as a contingency and to supplement the efforts of the Ministry of Health in fighting the COVID 19,” the release added.