GUWAHATI: A drive is on since last week in NFR (Northeast Frontier Railways) to create awareness of the COVID-19 disease among passengers and people in general in local languages. The announcement in local languages is being made through the Public Address system in all stations and posters depicting Do’s and Don’ts are being displayed in all stations and trains. Videos showing the precautions to be taken are being played in stations where such facilities are available. We appreciate the role of our passengers in containing the spread of the pandemic coronavirus, stated a press release the CPRO (Chief Public Relations Officer) of NFR on Sunday.
It may be mentioned here that special emphasis on frequent disinfection of coaches is being given in coaching depots under all the five divisions of NFR. Sanitizing of all critical areas of mass contact in all the coaches are being done after the rake is released from Pit examination and washing. A dedicated team has been deployed to carry out this task.
To further check the possibility of spreading coronavirus, the NFR, along with other divisions, has decided to immediately withdraw blankets and curtains that are provided in AC coaches from service till further orders. Only the bedsheets, pillow covers, and hand towel will be given.
However, blankets will be kept with the attendant and to be given to passengers only on demand. According to existing norms, curtains and blankets provided in AC coaches are not washed after every trip, these may become a source of infection through contact. Passengers can bring their own blankets for their journey as it will be in their own interest and hygienic. Additional bed sheets are being kept in AC coaches for any exigencies. The temperature inside AC coaches will be adjusted suitably as per requirement.
Accordingly, NFR has also withdrawn the provision of blankets and curtains in the air-conditioned (AC) coaches of all trains that are being operated to prevent the spreading of novel Corona Virus with immediate effect till improvement in the situation, the release added.