Coronavirus update: Indian Railways to use special dryers to clean used linens1 min read . Updated: 16 Mar 2020, 12:55 AM IST
- Indian Railways will pay special attention to segregation of stained hand towels and their washing
- The temperature setting in AC coaches will be set to summer settings of 23-25 deg C
Indian Railways’ Central Railway zone has decided to step up its efforts in cleaning the blankets and others linens that are being provided by the railways in the AC coaches.
Many railway zones like Southern Railway, Western Railway and Northern Railway, NF Railway have already decided to withdraw the facility of blankets provided to the passengers in the AC coaches.
In order to communicate the passengers about COVID-19, railways will also put a notice/ sticker stating “In order to ensure personal safety & hygiene, blankets are ordinarily not being distributed with bedroll. Customers, who still need the blanket, may please approach the Attendant" will be displayed in AC coaches, Central Railway said in a statement.
The Central Railway zone has taken a slew of initiatives in cleaning the blankets and other linen used by the passengers during the journey.
All blankets will be put through a high temperature soak in the tumble dryers of the laundries.
The high temperature soak, raises the temperature to 75-80 deg C. This high temperature soak can be supplemented by UV light immersion.
Railways said in a statement that all blankets, used by passengers will be segregated in separate linen bags.
All blankets used by passengers should be put through hot temperature soaking before being distributed again.
Blankets, provided in I AC, as per usual practice are provided with covers, even those covers will be washed after every usage of the blanket.
AC linen attendants are strictly counselled against recirculation of used linen.
Railways will pay special attention to segregation of stained hand towels and their washing.
The railways has advised the linen attendants to maintain a vigil for any passenger with cold/ cough symptoms and segregate the linen items used by such passenger.
Such linen items will be separately washed and put through a hot temperature soak cycle.
The temperature setting in AC coaches will be set to summer settings of 23-25 deg C.