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In the Story of India’s Covid19 Fight, Railways Will Have a Special Chapter

Railways is contributing to the fight against Covid 19

Indian Railways has been called India’s life-line because of its large network spread across the country. At a time when the nation is facing Corona outbreak and the lockdown situation, it can be said that the Indian Railways has tapped into its potential to the fullest in service.

The Railways is contributing to the fight against COVID-19 in many ways. It is turning its coaches into isolation wards to treat COVID-19 patients, its canteen wing is serving food to the needy across the country, and the goods carriage wing is going all out to ensure that the essentials are reaching to the corners of India.

20,000 Coaches to Facilitate 3 lakh Beds

Indian Railways has announced that it is modifying 20,000 coaches that can accommodate upto 3.2 lac possible beds for isolation needs. Work on modification of 5,000 coaches, which are to be converted initially into quarantine/ isolation coaches, has already started. These 5,000 coaches would be having capacity to accommodate upto 80,000 beds. One coach is expected to have 16 beds for isolation.

In addition to converting its coaches to treat the COVID-19 patients, the Railways is also assisting in meeting the demands of beds and stools in hospitals.

Feeding the Needy

The IRTC kitchens are seen rendering a humane service during the initial days of lockdown, in which large number of migrants and workers ran out of food. Many centres across India have taken it upon themselves to feed the needy, strictly following the social distance while doing so.

Delivering the Essentials

Ensuring that essentials reach the people amidst the lockdown is key for the success of this exercise, and here the freight service of the Railways is playing a big role.

Leveraging its network, it has attended the needs of a place by connecting it to another remotest place to facilitate the supply.

Railways has also decided to run Special Parcel Trains for carriage of essential items in small parcel sizes during the lockdown, the details of which you can read in this set of tweets.