25 C
Wednesday, April 21, 2021

    NFR To Convert 315 Coaches As Coronavirus Isolation Wards

    30 coaches will be modified at Dibrugarh under Tinsukia division. 10 coaches at Agartala, 30 coaches at Silchar, 50 coaches each at Guwahati and Kamakhya will be modified under the Lumding division

    To fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the country, the Indian Railways has directed all the Zonal Railways to develop a prototype coach which can be used as a hospital isolation ward to treat affected patients.

    As per the instruction, the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) will be modifying 315 coaches by equipping them with basic facilities needed for isolation as per medical guidelines for placement in various locations.

    All these coaches will be made within the next seven days on a war footing in various workshops and depots located in various divisions of the NFR.

    20 coaches each will be modified at Katihar and New Jalpaiguri under Katihar division. 25 coaches will be modified at Alipurduar Jn under Alipurduar division.

    30 coaches will be modified at Dibrugarh under Tinsukia division. 10 coaches at Agartala, 30 coaches at Silchar, 50 coaches each at Guwahati and Kamakhya will be modified under the Lumding division.

    50 coaches will be modified at New Bongaigaon Railway Workshop while 30 coaches will be modified at Dibrugarh Railway Workshop. Indian Railway has decided to convert 5,000 coaches as Isolation coaches at present.

    “If needed, more coaches can be modified. All these coaches are going to be equipped with mosquito nets, charging points for mobiles & laptops, space for paramedics & medical equipment etc. These facilities will be made available as mandated by the Government of India to those in need,” said Subhanan Chanda, Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) of NFR.

    Chanda added, “Indian Railways is now making an all-out effort to supplement the health care efforts of Government of India. The spectrum of steps includes modification of passenger coaches as isolation coaches, equipping the existing Railway Hospitals to meet the COVID-19 needs, earmarking of hospital beds to meet the contingencies, recruitment of additional doctors and paramedics, etc. and providing food to needy people free of cost.”

    The Indian Railways has decided to engage doctors and para-medical staff from open market at all hospitals for a period of three months as per local requirement in order to effectively contain this pandemic. Moreover, the railway is also re-employing retired railway doctors.

    Photo: /NFRailway/



    Comments are closed.

    Follow TIME8.IN on TWITTER, INSTAGRAM, FACEBOOK and on YOUTUBE to stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time

    First published


    Section 144 clamped in Shillong; Shops and Markets to remain close on Sundays

    After Assam, the East Khasi Hills district in Meghalaya has imposed some restrictions amid the COVID 19 scare in the state

    Assam MP’s nephew passes away; suicide suspected

    Kaushik Oja, also the nephew of Guwahati Lok Sabha MP Queen Oja, allegedly died by suicide in the wee hours of Thursday.

    Covid19 Scare: Assam Govt yet to decide on holding Board exams

    The total active COVID-19 cases in Assam now stand to 3,200 with 1,122 death cases

    No Covid scare at Gauhati University! PG 1st semester exams to be held as per schedule

    A second phase of the examination may be conducted for the students who are not able to appear in the examinations at a convenient time: GU

    97 fresh COVID-19 positive cases traced in Meghalaya, Active rises to 457

    East Khasi Hills is the worst affected district with 360 active cases

    Two murders marred Bihu festivities in Assam

    A man hacked his father to death over some family dispute in Dhubri

    Meghalaya Govt prohibits smoking and spitting in public places; Fine upto Rs 1000

    The decision was taken as per the provisions of sections 51-60 of the Disaster Management Act 2005 and section 188 of the Indian Penal Code