Kohima, May 03 (NEx): To fight Covid-19, the Indian Railways deployed 10 Isolation Coaches at Dimapur today in keeping the demand of the State Government of Nagaland.
Strengthening the capabilities of the nation in the united fight against Covid, the Ministry of Railways has, amongst its multi-pronged initiatives, deployed nearly 4000 Isolation Coaches with almost 64,000 beds.
To work concurrently with the States and in a bid to reach out as swiftly as possible, the Railway has drawn a de-centralised plan of action empowering Zones and Divisions to work out their Memorandum of Agreement for cohesive action. These Isolation Coaches can be easily moved and positioned at places of demand on the Indian Railways network.
The latest demand came from the State Govt of Nagaland Isolation Coaches. Accordingly, the Railway worked swiftly to deploy 10 Isolation Coaches at Dimapur. Presently, 61 Covid patients are utilising the Isolation Coaches at various states. A total of 3200 beds are still available at these facilities including the newly deployed coaches at Dimapur.
Accordingly, as per the States’ demand, at present 213 coaches have been handed over to various states for Covid care with a bed-capacity of nearly 3400 beds. Isolation Coaches are presently utilised at Delhi, Maharashtra (Ajni ICD, Nandrubar), Madhya Pradesh (Tihi near Indore).
To fight COVID-19, Indian Railways swiftly deploys 10 Isolation Coaches at Dimapur, Nagaland.
213 COVID Care coaches with a bed capacity of nearly 3400 have been handed over to states & are being utilised in Delhi, Maharashtra & Madhya Pradesh.
— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) May 2, 2021
Government of Assam has also requested that 150 Covid Coaches be kept in readiness at various stations though they have not requisitioned them Six Stations Kamakhya/ Guwahati, Lumding, New Bongaigaon, Silchar, Badarpur and Dibrugarh have been suggested where these coaches can be placed whenever required.