The Governments of Assam and Nagaland have requested the Northeast Frontier Railways (NFR) to convert train coaches into COVID care isolation centres.
The Assam Government has requested the NFR to convert as many as 150 train coaches into COVID care isolation centres.
“Government of Assam has also requested that 150 Covid Coaches be kept in readiness at various stations though they have not requisitioned them,” NFR said in a statement.
NFR added: “Six Stations Kamakhya/Guwahati, Lumding, New Bongaigaon, Silchar, Badarpur and Dibrugarh have been suggested where these coaches can be placed whenever required.”
Meanwhile, the NFR has placed 10(ten) COVID care Isolation coaches at the Dimapur Railway Station in Nagaland.
These 10 coaches, converted into COVID care Isolation coaches, have been placed at the Dimapur Railway Station at the request of the Nagaland Government.
“Acting promptly on request received from the Government of Nagaland, Northeast Frontier Railway has placed 10(ten) Covid care Isolation coaches at Dimapur station of Nagaland,” NFR said in another statement.
“Each coach is having 16 beds equipped with all necessary hygienic arrangements and medical facilities like provision of Oxygen cylinders to provide medical attention to patients referred to by the State Health Department for admission,” NFR added.
Notably, Nagaland Chief Secretary J Alam had written to the Chairman and CEO of Railway Board, Suneet Sharma requesting 10 COVID Care coaches at the Dimapur Railway Station “to cope with the surging number of Covid positive cases in Nagaland”.
“Northeast Frontier Railway has placed 10 Covid Care coaches in line number 3 of the Dimapur station today (Monday) with necessary basic arrangements like proper signage, pathways, ramps, electricity, etc,” NFR said.