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28-04-2020
North Central Railway to complete Isolation Coach modification Work before 14.04.20. Efforts to contain spread of COVID-19 and running of essential goods & parcel services continues

North Central Railway

Headquarter

Public Relations

Prayagraj

No. 11PR/02/2020 Press ReleaseDate: 02.04.2020

North Central Railway to complete Isolation Coach modification Work before 14.04.20. Efforts to contain spread of COVID-19 and running of essential goods & parcel services continues

Experience gained during lockdown which has already reached in second week is being effectively used o­n North Central Railway to better its essential goods services and other efforts against Corona virus. To make this happen regular review of all items related to COVID-19 containment and essential goods transportation is being done at level of General Manager Sri Rajiv Chaudhry, Principal Head of Departments, DRMs and other Sr officials from North Central and Northern Railway. Officers from divisions and HQ are also holding regular dialogues with front line staff to assess ground condition as well as a morale building exercise. Some of the important items reviewed o­n 02.04.20 w.r.t. North Central Railway are as under:

1.NCR has already started the modification work o­n coaches to convert it as Isolation coaches.Railway board has given target of 290 coach conversion to NCR and plan of action is already drawn to complete this work before 14.04.20 so as manpower and other resources are available for passenger services which is scheduled to resume since 00 hrs of 15.04.20. Division and coaching depot wise target for conversion is as under:

Division

Name of Unit

Target of Isolation coach (Nos.)

Prayagraj

Coaching depot Prayagraj

30

Coaching depot Kanpur

30

Agra

Coaching depot Agra

30

Jhansi

Coaching depot Jhansi

40

Jhansi Workshop

Coach Midlife Rehabilitation workshop Jhansi

160

2.Besides conversions to isolation coaches, Indian railway is also working o­n operation, manning, sanitation, services and other Protocols for use of these isolation facility o­n wheel. Further list of stations is also being worked out having facility for coach watering, electrical charging facility for coach, proper road approach etc. so as stabling locations can be decided for these Isolation rakes in consultation with Ministry of Health and state authorities . Some of the stations of NCR being evaluated o­n this and facilities available at these stations are as under:

Division

Station

Platform no.

Coach Watering facility

Coach Electrical Charging facility

Road approach

Prayagraj

Prayagraj

6

Yes

Yes

Yes

Subedarganj

4

Yes

Yes

Yes

Kanpur

9

Yes

Yes

Yes

Tundla

5

Yes

Yes

Yes

Aligarh

7

Yes

Yes

Yes

Agra

Agra Cantt

6

Yes

Being provided

Yes

Agra Fort

5

Yes

Yes

Yes

Mathura

7

Yes

Being provided

Yes

Jhansi

Jhansi

6

Yes

Yes

Yes

Gwalior

4

Yes

Yes

Yes

3.A watch o­n booking passenger booking pattern is being kept for booking beyond 12 am or 00 hrsof 15.04.20 to assess direction wise demand, waitlist position etc . GM Sri Rajiv Chaudhry said that a detailed meeting will be held early next week to firm up our strategy to resume passenger services in safe, smooth and efficient manner o­nce lockdown is over.

4.Besides performing professional duties railway employees are also leading the way in social and financial contribution in this time of need. RPF of North Central Railway continuing the good work has been providing food to more than 1100 needy persons o­n daily basisfrom 28.03.20 which will further gain steam as IRCTC run kitchen at Prayagraj joining this initiative with 200 meals per day since 01.04.20.





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