Guwahati: Adding muscles to the state’s fight to the global pandemic of COVID 19, the Northeast Frontier Railways (NFR) has produced 4924 numbers of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) kits so far.
The kits were produced at different workshops of NFR for use by its frontline staffs.
Subhanan Chanda, Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) NFR, said, “Railway workshops took up the challenge and manufactured PPE coveralls, sanitizer, masks, cots in-house. Raw material for manufacturing of these items was also procured by the field units.”
He informed that till June 26, the NFR has also produced 99, 838 numbers of reusable face covers for distribution. Besides, around 2120 lts of hand sanitizer were also produced for use by on-duty officials.
Indian Railways have so far produced 1.91 lakh PPE gowns, 66.4 kl sanitizer, 7.33 lakh masks till Saturday. The PPE coverall target for the month of June and July were fixed as 1.5 lakhs each which might be revised upwards.
“During the lock down period, centralized procurement and distribution of the raw material and manufactured products throughout the Railway network was a herculean task accomplished under testing circumstances.
Northern Railway was nominated for centralized procurement of raw material required for manufacture of PPE coverall gowns which was a critical component with respect to quality. All in-house manufactured products satisfy all applicable quality standards,” the CPRO added.
Already the NFR has modified 315 coaches by equipping them with basic facilities needed for isolation as per medical guidelines for placement in various locations.