Indian Railways Converts Train Coaches Into Isolation Wards For Coronavirus Patients

The Indian Railways has turned train coaches into isolation wards to get ready for a battle against the coronavirus pandemic. 

In addition, the railroads are prepared to make three lakh patient care beds, if the need emerges later on. 

North Central Railway (NCR) General Manager Rajiv Chaudhary, said that the Railways changed over a coach at the coaching depot in New Delhi into isolation wards in the wake of counseling clinical experts. 

“A sleeper coach of a train is being converted and improvised into isolation wards for patients suffering from Covid-19. Such a plan can help us be well-prepared to meet any emergency,” he said. 

Earlier, the national transporter had advised the Zonal Railways to develop a prototype coach which can be used as a hospital isolation ward for coronavirus patients.

“The plan is that each cabin of the coach will hold one patient and if the situation demands then two patients in one cabin,” a Southern Railways circular said.

As per the circular, other modifications include all middle berths to be removed, one Indian style toilet in each end to be converted into a bathing room and provision for plastic curtains in each cabin to provide isolation.

“Coaches which have exceeded 20 years may be taken for conversion. Materials required to convert more coaches should be kept ready,” it added.

Similarly, Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) is working out an arrangement to serve dinners in various parts of the nation and clinics if the need emerges. 

Moreover, all Railway divisions have recognized a ward or working for setting up disconnection beds for Covid-19 patients. 

Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) of NCR, Ajeet Kumar Singh stated: “NCR has taken necessary steps to ensure operational safety to mitigate any possibility of disruption in goods trains.” 


In huge yards, where support requires the convergence of staff, speed of merchandise trains has been diminished to 15 kmph to continue required activity and upkeep with social distancing, he explained. 

Additionally, NCR is thinking about augmentation of the obligatory Periodic Medical Examination (PME) of the security classification and running staff to support its clinical offices. 

“NCR is likewise granting preparation to its paramedical staff on Covid-19 related techniques, particularly ventilators. Recordings posted on the service of wellbeing and family government assistance’s site are being utilized to prepare staff,” said Chaudhary.

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