Railways customises coaches for post COVID times

From foot operated flushes to ionised AC air

New Delhi, Jul 14 (PTI):
From foot-operated soap dispensers and toilet flushes to door handles manoeuvred with the forearm and handrails coated with anti-microbial copper, the Railways’ new coaches for post corona travel launched on Tuesday come packed with features to help stave off infection.
The first two coaches that rolled out from the Railway Coach Factory in Kapurthala also have fixtures coated with titanium dioxide and the provision for plasma air equipment in AC ducts to sterilise interiors using ionised air, officials said.
Giving details of the two coaches, one air-conditioned and other non-air conditioned, they said the use of hands to navigate washrooms and other parts has been brought down to a minimum, making them almost hands-free .
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal also indicated that the new coaches could be the new normal.
“Future Ready Railway: Designed to fight Coronavirus, Railways creates 1st Post COVID Coach’ with handsfree amenities, copper-coated handrails & latches, plasma air purification, Titanium di-oxide coating. “For COVID-Free passenger journey!,” he said in a tweet.
The features, detailed in a booklet circulated by the Railways, include a host of foot-operated fixtures including taps, soap dispensers, lavatory doors, flush valves and door latches. Outside the toilet is a washbasin with a foot operated tap forearm. Besides, the compartment doors have handles operated with the forearm.
The Railways has also installed copper-coated handrails and latches as copper degrades the virus which lands on it within a few hours, the booklet said.
The coaches will also have the provision of plasma air equipment in the AC duct that will sterilise the coaches using ionised air to make it COVID-19 free.
The nanostructured titanium dioxide coating is another special feature.

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