General Manager of northern and north central railways Rajiv Chaudhry visited Anand Vihar Terminal on Monday to inspect isolation wards made by converting 267 railway coaches.
Addressing the media, he said that there are about 8050 beds available in the form of 503 isolation coaches placed at nine stations in Delhi area. “As the Covid-19 cases are increasing in Delhi, the state Government intends to use them as quarantine centers for keeping patients with mild symptoms,” he said.
“At present the Covid care centre set up by Northern Railway at Shakurbasti Railway Station is fully functional. The state government has attached the facility to Bhagwan Mahavir Hospital, Pitampura, which has admitted 23 patients there,” he added.
The Ministry of Railways is working in coordination with the state government to set-up these quarantine centres, he said, adding that the health care aspect is being taken care of by the Delhi government.
The Railways is looking after the basic infrastructure and maintenance of the premises that includes cleaning and sanitization of platforms, housekeeping (linen and blankets), management of bio-toilets, power and electric supply, watering and communication, he said.
“Oxygen cylinders have been provided in each coach. Catering is also being done by the Railways. The patients are being provided hot nutritious wholesome meals three times a day, with tea being served in the mornings and evenings,” he said.