The Indian railways has completed the task of converting 5,000 coaches into isolation wards for the patients infected with coronavirus.
The 5,000 coaches can accomodate 80,000 Covid-19 patients, said a top railway official.
The official said that no coach is currently in use as they are planned to be used when required.
The Indian railways has planned to convert 20,000 coaches into isolation wards with over 3.25 lakh wards for the Covid-19 patients.
The National High Speed Rail Corporation (NHSRCL) has provided 77 furnished rooms at its High Speed Rail Training Institute in Gujarat’s Vadodara to health department of VMC medical department to be used for quarantine Covid-19 patients.
Railway minister Piyush Goyal has said that the national transporter has provided food to over 10 lakh people across the country in the last 15 days.
“Railways stands committed to fight COVID-19: In line with PM Narendra Modiji’s social service commitment, Railways has distributed more than 10 lakh free hot cooked meals to needy persons across the country,” tweeted.
The railway ministry in a statement said that the national transporter has been providing bulk cooked food with paper plates for lunch and food packets for dinner through IRCTC base kitchens, RPF resources and contribution of NGOs since March 28.
The ministry said that meal distribution on Saturday crossed one million mark with a total of nearly 10.2 lakh.