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Yesterday (16:20) Indian Railways sets target to make 1000 personal protection equipment per day in 17 workshops (
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Railways, which has got a nod from the DRDO for making personal protection equipment (PPEs), has now set a target of manufacturing around 1000 of them in its 17 workshops every day.
The PPE overall will offer much needed protection to railway doctors and paramedics working on the front line of COVID-19 care at hospitals of Railways.
"Facilities are being geared up in Railways to make up to 1000 such protective overall for railway doctors and paramedics every day. Around 17 workshops would be striving to contribute to this exercise," the national transporter said
in a statement.
Railways is also considering to supply 50 per cent of the innovated PPE garment to other medical professionals of the country.
Material for all the overalls is being procured centrally at Jagadhari which is located near many big textile industries in Punjab.
Read: Coronavirus India update: State-wise total number of confirmed cases, deaths
It has been decided to source raw material from a Yamunanagar-based vendor approved by the Textiles ministry.
"In the days to come, the production facilities can be further ramped up. The development of this overall and innovation by Indian Railways is being welcomed by other Government agencies engaged in the war against COVID-19.
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"Technical specifications of these PPEs are now ready, and material suppliers are in place. Now the production can start in right earnest. This development is big boost to equip our doctors and paramedics on the front line of this battle against COVID-19," it said.
The government estimates that the country’s medical fraternity and other workers will require some 1.5 crore coveralls by June.
These suits are incinerated after each use and are the most critical component in the Personal Protective Equipment kit which is in significant shortage in India.
Yesterday (12:00) Railways asks cement companies to unload goods from freight trains to free up rakes for essentials (
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The Railways has asked cement firms to offload their goods from freight trains so that they can be used to supply essential commodities to various parts of the country, sources said.
With the lockdown in place, the national transporter is using about 50-60 rakes per day to ferry food grains but there is demand for more, the sources said.
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300 goods trains full of cement bags are lying idle because cement companies are in no hurry to unload them as the construction business has come to a standstill due to the coronavirus outbreak.
With the railways having waived off its demurrage and wharfage charges, companies were not losing any money by not offloading their goods, officials said.
¨These rakes with covered wagons are just lying there full of cement. Due to the lack of availability of labour, there is no construction work happening in the country, so cement companies are in no hurry to unload.
¨We have told them that if they do not unload their goods in a couple of days, we will reinstate the charges for keeping our wagons waiting,¨ the official said.
Also Read: Coronavirus India update: State-wise total number of confirmed cases, deaths
Demurrage charges are levied for the detention of any rolling stock after the expiry of free time, if any, allowed for such detention. Wharfage is the charge levied on goods for not removing them from the railway after the expiry of the free time for such removal.
The Railways had waived off these charges during the lockdown period.
Officials said that given the huge demand for essential commodities across the country and with the movement of goods through roadways virtually negligible, it was essential to free up these trains to ferry essentials like fruits, vegetables, food grains, salt and sugar.
Sources said that the Railways is also in touch with state authorities to ensure that their goods trains are offloaded on time.
Sources said that the national transporter is facing a similar problem with goods trains carrying steel as there are no labourers to unload them.
During the 13-day period between March 23 and April 4, the Railways loaded and carried 1,342 wagons of sugar, 958 wagons of salt and 378 wagons/tanks of edible oil (one wagon contains 58-60 tonne consignment), according to the Railways.
Apr 06 (15:25) COVID-19: Indian Railways converts 2500 coaches into isolation wards (
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Railways has converted 2,500 coaches into isolation wards, achieving half of its target of delivering 5000 such coaches in the first phase as part of its efforts to supplement the government's measures to fight coronavirus.
With the conversion of around 2,500 coaches, 40,000 isolation beds are now ready for use, railways said in a statement.
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the prototype was approved, conversion action was started quickly by Zonal Railways. On an average, 375 coaches are being converted by Indian Railways in a day. The work is being carried out at 133 locations in the country," it said.
"These coaches are equipped as per medical advisories issued. Efforts are being done to ensure best possible stay and medical supervision as per the needs and norms," the statement said.
These isolation coaches are being prepared only as a contingency and to supplement efforts of the Ministry of Health in fighting COVID-19, the statement said.

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Sadly middle berth missing after conversion.

Apr 06 (15:30)
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Ya they removed it, to make width space and anyhow only one patient is allowed in one coupe of 6 SL berth to maintain isolation. so in total 9 patients can accommodate in one coach/bogie.
Apr 06 (12:54) Don’t stop this train... (
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This collection of stories manages to weave a tapestry of human nature.
A small-town Indian railway station is the most laidback place in the world, where only the arrival or departure of a train brings a rumble of action.
The station simply waits patiently, for trains to leave, to sink back into its accustomed somnolence, or so one thinks.
Indranil Mukherjee’s The Station Master,
however, has another story to tell. The slant that this book of true tales provides, imbues the place with action and high adventure — one that is especially potent as one is hardly looking for these in a sleepy station.
There are smugglers passing through and killers. A mysterious ravishing beauty completes the picture.
Manab Mukherjee, the station master, finds an abandoned baby or forgotten gold biscuits, depending on the day. He is forced to watch silently as a bloody drama of revenge plays itself out or become vocal to garner support on the unjust killing of a fellow station master.
When things get dull, he livens it up by playing a trick on a drunk porter, but it is all in good fun.
These stories weave a tapestry of human nature. There is compassion and amiability, barbarity and indifference jostling each other and a sad laxity towards rules.
A baby is found abandoned in the station precinct and a childless guard spontaneously offers to adopt it before it can become a long and complicated procedure.
It is again goodness that leads an Assistant Station Master to offer a passenger some warmth and food on a cold winter evening in a small remote station, thereby making himself a vulnerable prey. Negligence of rules leads to a massive head-on collision of two trains, a totally avoidable tragedy.
Flanking this goodness is bloodthirstiness, a complete lack of respect for life and a volatile public, which allows unscrupulous politicians to easily whip up feelings.
A man is openly hacked to death in a railway station in an act of revenge, an innocent station master is shot point-blank because of his objection to the presence of liquor shops at the entry to the station. Shoddy workmanship brings a bill hoarding down, smashing an autorickshaw and killing its driver.
Poignantly underlining it all is the hard reality of money, or the lack of it. The family quickly comes to terms with the young man’s death. The only question remaining is how much compensation should be paid and to whom.
An old woman panics when she realises that the train does not stop at her station and quickly jumps, but to her death. A pair of gold earrings is the only thing that marks the end of her life.
Like in a kaleidoscope where the same pieces fall together again and again to make new and different designs, it is Manab Mukherjee’s experiences, his understanding of the human nature and his fine sense in dealing with the unscrupulous, the guilty and the greedy that makes this book entertaining.
One comes away with the feeling that being a station master is not for the weak-hearted.
Apr 03 (20:27) Railways produce material to fight against coronavirus (
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Indian Railways is working on various fronts to fight against COVID-19 with its workshops and production units are working round the clock to produce hand sanitisers and face masks. 
The railways assigned ask to its zonal offices to produce personal safety materials to meet the demand. 
Uninterrupted 24X7 Freight Trains Operations and Running of Parcel Trains so far carried 4 lakh wagons of essential materials from March 24 to  April 2. 
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Railways already earmarked around 5000 isolation beds in Railway hospitals and 11000 quarantine beds across Railway establishments for COVID-19 patients. 
In addition, the conversion of 5000 coaches with 80000 beds to serve as quarantine/ isolation facilities initially already taken up, total of 20,000 such coaches identified, the Railways said in a statement. 
So far railways produced 28 lakh masks and 28,000 litres of hand sanitiser so far.
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