Post Covid Coach | UPSC
Indian Railways creates POST COVID COACH to ensure safer journey
WHY IN NEWS:
Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala has designed a Post Covid Coach to fight COVID-19
SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 3: Railways
For PRELIMS go through each equipment design and technology used .
For MAINS make a note on ideal transport conditions post COVID-19 era .
SOURCES: FINANCIAL EXPRESS
Indian Railways has taken numerous steps and measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus infection.
- Post Covid Coach is having handsfree amenities like foot operated water tap & soap dispenser
- Foot operated lavatory door (outside)
- Foot operated flush valve
- Foot operated latches in lavatory door
- Outside washbasin with foot operated water tap and soap dispenser and
- Forearm operated handle on compartment door.
COPPER-COATED HANDRAILS & LATCHES
- Post Covid Coach equipped with copper-coated handrails & latches because copper degrades the virus landed on it within few hours.
- Copper has anti microbial properties.
PLASMA AIR PURIFICATION
- Post Covid Coach is having provision of plasma air equipment in AC duct.
- Ionised air will make the coach Covid-19 and particulate matter resistant.
- This provision will also improve the ion concentration from 100 ions/cm3 to more than 6000 ions/cm.
TITANIUM DI-OXIDE COATING
- Post Covid Coach is having Titanium Di-oxide coating in the coach.
- This is a eco-friendly water-based coating that kills viruses, bacteria, mould, and fungal growth and most importantly enhances indoor air quality.
- It is non-toxic and approved by food testing laboratory of the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
- TiO2 is considered to be a safe substance and is harmless to humans.
- This Titanium Di-oxide coating applied on washbasins, lavatory, seats & berths, snack table, glass window, floor, virtually every surface that comes in human contact.
- Sustaining the ruthless fight against COVID-19, Indian Railways’ production unit, Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala, has developed a Post Covid Coach to fight Covid 19.
- This Post Covid Coach has design improvements in the coach like handsfree amenities, copper-coated handrails & latches, plasma air purification and titanium di-oxide coating for Covid free passenger journey.