Indian Railways creates post Covid Coach to ensure safer journey
New Delhi, Jul 14 : Indian Railways has developed a post Covid Coach with design features like handsfree amenities, copper-coated handrails and latches, plasma air purification and titanium di-oxide coating for Covid-free passenger journey.
The post Covid Coach, developed by Indian Railways’ production unit, Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala, has features such as handsfree amenities like foot operated water tap and 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.
It is equipped with copper-coated handrails and latches because copper degrades the virus landed on it within a few hours. Copper has anti microbial properties. When virus lands on copper, Ion blasts pathogen and destroy the DNA and RNA inside the virus.
The coach also has plasma air purification equipment in AC duct. This plasma air equipment will sterilise the air and surfaces inside the AC coach using ionised air to 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.
Further, Titanium Di-oxide coating in the coach functions as photoactive material. This is aeco-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), CE certified. TiO2 is considered to be a safe substance and is harmless to humans. This Titanium Di-oxide coating applied on washbasins, lavatory, seats and berths, snack table, glass window, floor, virtually every surface that comes in human contact. Effective life of this coating is 12 months, an official release here said.