Railways deploys 54 isolation coaches in Delhi
This would be scaled up to 500 coaches
A day after Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that the Centre would provide 500 railway coaches to be converted into isolation coaches in view of the shortage of beds for Covid-19 patients in the NCR, the Indian Railways has announced that it has deployed more isolation coaches at Delhi’s Shakurbasti railway station maintenance depot.
The first batch of 10 coaches was deployed at Shakurbasti station on the end of May. Now, another 44 coaches have been deployed, said railways, taking the count to 54.
Amit Shah said that the coaches will add 8,000 beds to the existing strength of beds in Delhi, whose COVID-19 bed capacity across private and government hospitals patients stands at 9,698. It is said that the NCR would have over five lakh Covid-19 cases by the end of July, requiring the need for 80,000 additional beds.
The isolation coaches come with facilities such as oxygen cylinders, blankets, medical supplies, sterilized berths, etc. According to the health ministry, the railway coaches are to be used for cases that can be categorised into “mild” or “very mild”.