Railways To Convert Train Coaches Into Isolation Wards

A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi instructed the Indian Railways to convert train coaches into isolation wards and ICUs to ensure healthcare access in remote areas in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the layout, and design for the required modifications has been prepared.

Reportedly, Some of the modifications that will be needed to turn the coaches into wards include removing the side partition next to the main door on each end, converting one Indian toilet on each side into a bathing room, removing middle berths, etc. The plan was considered feasible because rail coaches have been sitting idle since passenger train movement across the country stand cancelled until 14 April, even though freight operations continue for the transport of essential commodities. Following the PM’s instructions, Railways Minister Piyush Goyal and Railway Board Chairman Vinod Kumar instructed top officials to start preparations.