The Ahmedabad division of the Western Railway will convert 70 coaches into isolation wards. In all, the Western Railway will convert 420 coaches into isolation wards of which 70 will be stationed in the Ahmedabad division, said divisional railway manager Deepak Kumar Jha.
He said that the work to convert the coaches has begun at the Kankaria coach depot. A prototype of an isolation ward was created on Friday, and it had oxygen and medicine supplies.
Jha said that the windows of the coaches have been covered with mosquito nets and each bed will have a fan, light, and a mobile charging point.
Railway officials said that one coach is expected to have 16 isolation beds. The railways will use only non-air-conditioned sleeper coaches for the isolation beds.
Officials said that the first cabin near the bathroom of a coach will have curtains installed in the aisle so that the entry and exit of patients could be screened.