Assam, Nagaland govts seek COVID coaches at various railway stations
The Ministry of Railways has deployed nearly 4000 Isolation Coaches with almost 64000 beds at various stations, across the country.
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.
Accordingly, as per 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).
The latest demand came from the State Government of Nagaland for the deployment of Isolation Coaches. Accordingly, the Railway is working to deploy 10 Isolation Coaches at Dimapur.
The Assam Government 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.
(Edited by Ibankyntiew Mawrie)
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