New Delhi: Admitting that the blankets provided by the Indian railways to ward off the cold of the ACs are not washed after every trip, the central and western railway ordered the withdrawal of blankets and curtains from AC coaches. Other items in the bedroll, including bedsheets, towels, and pillow covers, are washed every day. Also Read - Trending News Today, March 15, 2020: Heartbreaking! Brother Trapped With Sister’s Dead Body For 36 Hours in Coronavirus Lockdown in Italy | Watch
“As per the extant instructions, curtains and blankets provided in AC coaches are not washed (after) every trip. In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, blankets and curtains will be immediately withdrawn from service until further orders.” Also Read - Trending News Today, March 15, 2020: Sunny Leone is All Bored Staying at Home Amid Coronavirus Scare, Shares Video With Glass of Wine
“Passengers will be advised to bring their own blankets in their own interest. Some additional bedsheets will be kept for any exigencies,” Western Railway spokesperson Gajanan Mahatpurkar told news agency PTI. Also Read - Coronavirus Video Conference of SAARC Countries on PM Modi's Proposal: What to Expect
The Central Railway has also instructed its personnel to intensively clean coach fittings as they are touched by thousands of passengers every day. These fittings include grab handles, door handles, door latches, entry door handles, seat guard, snack trays, window glass, a window grill, bottle holders, upper berth climbing stairs, electrical switches, charge points, etc. They will be cleaned with disinfectants, an official said.
“Doorway and gangway areas, frequented by passengers, are being cleaned with hot water. Intensive cleaning, including steam cleaning, will be ensured in pantry cars.”
“All curtains in AC coaches, and roller blind fabric in trains like Tejas, will be removed in four to five days,” he said. The official said liquid soap, napkin rolls and disinfectant chemical will be provided to passengers by the housekeeping staff on board.
“In AC coaches, attendants have been told to not recirculate used linen. They have been advised to maintain a vigil for any passenger with cold-cough symptoms and segregate the linen items used by such passengers,” he said.
(With PTI Inputs)