COVID Scare: Assam seeks Covid Coaches from Railways
GUWAHATI: Assam government has requested the Northeast Frontier Railways (NFR) to keep at least 150 Covid Coaches ready at various stations though they have not requisitioned them.
The state government has suggested the railway authorities to deploy these coaches at six railway stations across the state.
The suggested railway stations were Kamakhya / Guwahati, Lumding, New Bongaigaon, Silchar, Badarpur and Dibrugarh where these coaches can be placed whenever required.
Recently, the Nagaland government had sought isolation coaches from the NFR and accordingly, the 10 isolation coaches were deployed at Dimapur.
To work concurrently with the States and in a bid to reach out as swiftly as possible, the Railway has drawn a de-centralised plan of action empowering Zones and Divisions to work out their Memorandum of Agreement for cohesive action. These Isolation Coaches can be easily moved and positioned at places of demand on the Indian Railways network.
The Ministry of Railways has, amongst its multi-pronged initiatives, deployed nearly 4000 isolation coaches with almost 64000 beds.