Tough task! How Indian Railways has been deep-cleaning its trains to aim for Corona-proof network

Deep-cleaning of Indian Railways trains – a commendable task! Piyush Goyal-led Indian Railways has taken up a string of measures to prevent the spread of the deadly Corona COVID-19 virus infection across the railway network.

For achieving a Corona-proof network, all trains sets and coaches, from its interiors and exteriors, have been directed to be thoroughly disinfected by the Railway Board. Recently, the national transporter suspended the operations of all Mail/Express, long distance, intercity passenger trains as well as all suburban local services across the country till March 31. This was done in order to prevent the infection from person to person inside trains. But before the complete shutdown of operations, Indian Railways had been deep-cleaning its trains.

According to an IE report, the Indian Railways undertook deep cleaning and sanitization of its train coaches amidst the outbreak of Coronavirus. According to an earlier protocol of sanitising trains, the trains were washed only with water after they returned to the railway station following their to-and-fro operations. But, now, each train underwent a full water bath after its every run, along with a round of sanitisation with the disinfection process.

This was done as per the standards prescribed by the Ministry of Health and the Health Department of the Railways. However, in order to sanitise a network as vast as the Indian Railways is a herculean task in itself. During normal train operations, around 12,000 trains ferry 2.3 crore passengers in the country.

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