Moving ahead in time the Indian railways look at improvising train designs in order to prevent any further spread of contamination of coronavirus as the journeys resume after the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Indian Railways is focused on implementing various design changes in the train coaches in terms of usage of basic features such as soap dispensers & water outlets in toilets, forearm handles on doors copper-coated handrails, etc. The news was shared by the railway authorities through a press release.
“Sustaining the ruthless fight against Covid-19, Indian Railways’ production unit, Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala, has developed a Post COVID Coach to fight COVID 19. This post COVID coach has design improvements in the coach like hands-free amenities, copper-coated handrails & latches, plasma air purification, and titanium di-oxide coating for COVID free passenger journey,” the Indian Railways said in a press release on Tuesday.
Talking about the features that will be included in the design, the Indian railways said, “The post-COVID coach has hands-free amenities like foot-operated water tap & soap dispenser, foot-operated lavatory door (outside), foot-operated flush valve, foot-operated latches in lavatory door, outside washbasin with foot-operated water tap and soap dispenser and forearm operated handle on the compartment door.”
“Copper has anti-microbial properties. When virus lands on copper, Ion blasts pathogen and destroys the DNA and RNA inside the virus,” the Indian Railways further added.
Talking about the inclusion of titanium dioxide coating in the coach and its importance, the Indian railways mentioned, “This is an eco-friendly water-based coating that kills viruses, bacteria, mold, and fungal growth and most importantly enhances indoor air quality. This coating applied on washbasins, lavatory, seats & berths, snack table, glass window, floor, virtually every surface that comes in human contact. The effective life of this coating is 12 months.”