After the recent CAG reports about the uncleanliness of the linens in the trains, Railways has come up with an action plan to increase the frequency of washing linens and replacing the existing ones with designer ones.
According to the norms, the linens have to dry cleaned every month and has to be washed every two days. However, CAG reports highlighted the unhygienic conditions of the blankets used in AC coaches.
Railways joined hands with NIFT (National Institute of Fashion and Design) to rope out new designer blankets with less wool content. The pilot project of ‘thin, cold washable blankets’ has already been carried out in Central Railway.
Railway has also decided to sanitize the blankets before providing it to the passengers on a daily basis.
“Our aim is to provide washed blankets along with fresh linen in trains for each journey,” said railways senior official in the housekeeping directorate.
Around 4 Lakh linen are provided per day comprising two bedsheets, a towel, pillow and blanket for passengers in AC coaches of the Railways.