The Railways filed an affidavit in response to a petition by social activist Naresh Kapoor looking for the court docket’s path to transform unused prepare coaches into quarantine amenities or ICUs contemplating the rise in COVID-19 instances.

Mumbai: The Ministry of Railways on Thursday knowledgeable the Bombay High Court that it might not be possible to transform railway coaches into intensive care models for Covid-19 sufferers, as the identical would require in depth structural adjustments.

The Railways filed an affidavit in response to a petition by social activist Naresh Kapoor looking for the court docket’s path to transform unused prepare coaches into quarantine amenities or ICUs contemplating the rise in Covid-19 instances.

“The conversion of train coaches to ICUs is not possible without extensive structural modifications and major changes. These changes would need detailed design and can be done only in units with elaborate manufacturing facilities,” the affidavit said.

Moreover, isolation or quarantine amenities in coaches are short-term preparations until the Railways start common operations and the modifications made had been reversible, it added.

As per the affidavit, prepare coaches can’t be reused for normal passenger providers if main structural adjustments had been carried out.

A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice M S Karnik famous that presently, the scenario just isn’t such that conversion of coaches into ICUs is warranted.

The court docket in its order additionally expressed its satisfaction with the adjustments made by the Railways in coaches used as quarantine or isolation amenities.

The Railways in its affidavit additional said that the Central Railway had transformed 482 non-air-conditioned coaches on 24 rakes into makeshift isolation centres in Maharashtra.

The center seat in an everyday non-AC coach has been eliminated and a rest room on the finish of a coach has been was a rest room.

Similarly, the Western Railway has transformed 410 non- AC coaches on 18 rakes into quarantine amenities.

These rakes had been stationed at key junctions between Mumbai and Bhavnagar in Gujarat, it was said.

 

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