Indian Railways is planning to introduce 20 ‘Made In India’ innovations for safer and more comfortable journeys during the pandemic, and we have all the deets. By Tanvi Jain
Future Ready Railway: Designed to fight Coronavirus, Railways creates 1st ‘Post COVID Coach’ with:
▪️Copper-coated handrails & latches
▪️Plasma air purification
▪️Titanium di-oxide coating
For COVID-Free passenger journey!
— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) July 14, 2020
In an attempt to make train journeys safer and more comfortable, the Indian Railways has decided to bring 20 new ‘Made In India’ innovations, such as CCTV monitoring inside the coaches, the printing of unreserved tickets via an app, the ringing of bell alert passengers about the departure, etc.
Apart from the technical innovations aimed at improving safety, some changes have been made keeping in mind the comfort of the passengers as well.
While the North Central Railways has come up with a vehicular system to detect the ultrasonic flaw, Eastern Railways’ Malda division has introduced pyrometers to monitor speed and temperature on the rail tracks. Similarly, the Allahabad division of North Central Railway has developed a detector for a much earlier warning of a possible derailment. Moreover, the Western Railways has introduced natural water coolers, which instead of consuming any electricity, work on the principle of heat transfer.
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Furthermore, there is also a bell system already in place at the Allahabad junction railway station to alert passengers two minutes before the departure. As many as 18 coaches of Humsafar trains have been equipped with real-time CCTV monitoring system inside the coaches. The Northern Railways has started issuing unreserved tickets via apps and Bluetooth printers to make it contactless during the pandemic.
Other safety measures that have been taken by the Indian Railways in its new post-COVID-19 coaches include foot-operated soap dispensers and toilet flush, anti-microbial copper-coated door handles, plasma air equipment to sterilise the air inside AC coaches, etc.
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“Sustaining the ruthless fight against COVID-19, Indian Railways’ production unit, Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala, has developed a Post COVID-19 Coach to fight the virus. This Coach has handsfree amenities, copper-coated handrails and latches, plasma air purification and titanium dioxide coating,” the Railway Ministry said in a press release.
“The salient features of the Post COVID-19 Coach include, hands-free amenities such as foot-operated water tap, soap dispenser, lavatory door (outside), flush valve, latches in lavatory door, copper-coated handrails and latches, plasma air equipment in AC duct to sterilise the air and surfaces inside the AC coach using ionised air to make the coach COVID-19 and particulate matter resistant, Titanium Dioxide coating in the coach which kills viruses, bacteria, mould, and fungal growth and also enhances indoor air quality,” it added.