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Various measures in ac coaches to make them safer in the present covid-19 conditions


Several special trains introduced after unlock 4.0 and additional special trains were run with effect from 12.09.2020. Waltair Division has taken several steps to ensure safe travel for passengers during Covid Pandemic. Only passengers with confirmed tickets and those who are asymptomatic are allowed to travel. Thermal screening of passengers is done at the entry point itself. Regular sanitization of coaches, toilets are being done at maintenance depots.

In addition to this, several modifications have been done in maintenance of the air-conditioning parameters to ensure safe journey of passengers in Air – Conditioned coaches. Adhering to the Guidelines issued by Ministry of Health, Family welfare and Railway Board are being strictly followed and adhered for temperature setting of AC coaches to cater to COVID situation. As a preventive measure issue of bed rolls have been discontinued and curtains have been removed in all AC coaches.

Temperature Setting:

As a safety precaution, Linen is no longer provided to passengers and as such, the temperature of the LHB AC coaches is being maintained at 25 degrees Celsius using the microprocessor Controlled Unit in the AC Coaches so that the passengers are comfortable. In Non-LHB AC coaches, Electronic thermostats have been modified with a setting of 24 to 26 deg C.

Air Changes Per Hour:

All AC coaches are provided with Roof Mounted Modular AC Package Units called RMPUs which works to take out the stale air from inside the coach and replace with fresh air from outside. In accordance with the guidelines to increase the rate of the fresh air intake, the setting in coaches is made such that the air is changed at least 12 times per hour, thus increasing the fresh air inside the coaches. Previously the air change per hour setting was 6-8 times.

Quality of Air:

The quality of air inside the AC Coaches are ensured through Air – sanitization. By regular cleaning and sanitization of filters the quality of Air is maintained. These are cleaned during maintenance after every trip.

Passengers are requested to adapt to the COVID protocol to combat the spread of this pandemic and have safe & happy journey.

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