As part of COVID-19 preparedness Indian Railways in consultation with Armed Forces Medical Services, Medical departments of various Zonal Railways and Ayushman Bharat had decided to convert 5000 numbers of ICF design Non-AC (GS & GSCN) coaches older than 15 years into  quarantine/isolation coaches. Initially Railway Board had given target to Southern Railway to convert 473 numbers of coaches which was later on enhanced to 573 numbers to complete by 10-4-2020.

This is the highest target given by Railway board to any Zonal Railways.

The conversion work was undertaken in all the 15 major depots of all six divisions viz., Chennai, Trichy, Salem, Madurai, Palghat and Trivandrum and all three workshops- Carriage & Wagon Works, Perambur, Loco Works, Perambur and Golden Rock workshop at Trichy. The dedicated teams from the divisions, and from the workshops worked with full enthusiasm and full support was given by the Operating department for making available the coaches at the nominated depots and workshops and Materials Management Department (Stores) arranged the required items and materials well in time. The Mechanical department which is concerned with core activities of conversion worked in synergy and was able to take up conversion work in 573 numbers of coaches so as to complete the increased target of 573 coaches in all respects within the stipulated time by 10-4-2020. This has been well appreciated by railway Board.

Inner view of Bathroom

            The salient features of Quarantine/Isolation coaches are:
·         One Indian Style Lavatory in Coach was converted into Bathing Room
·         Provision of Plastic Curtains transversely at entrance of Cabin to isolate the Patients
·         Each Cabin has been provided with 3 Dustbins with Foot operated Lids [Red, Blue and Yellow Colour] with Garbage Bags
·         Modifications in Coach viz. Provision of Clamps for positioning Oxygen Cylinders, Water Pipes and Taps in converted Bath Rooms for filling Buckets, Soap Dispensers and Soap Dishes etc.
·         Provision of Mosquito Net, 3 Peg Coat Hooks, extra Mobile Charging Points etc.

Inner view of Isolation ward

Bay fitted with Oxygen cylinders & Dustbins provided
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