After the restoration, the sheets and curtains return to the trains

In a major relief for passengers, Indian Railways has decided to resume the supply of linen, blankets and curtains inside trains after a hiatus of around two years. In an order addressed to the chief executives of all railway areas, the railways said the supply of bed rolls would resume with immediate effect.

In view of the pandemic and the Covid-19 protocol, the railways have stopped providing linen, blankets and curtains inside the trains. The railways had also suspended on-board catering services due to the Covid-19 situation.

However, with cases falling and train operations returning to normal, the railways first allowed catering services and have now issued orders to restore the laundry facility on coaches.

The railways provided approximately 4,000 bed linens including sheet, pillow and cover, blankets and hand towel per day to meet passenger needs during normal train operation.

However, according to a senior railway official, it would take some time to restart the laundry service as all such items would first be cleaned before being provided. We need to restart the laundry service for the cleaning of all these items and the supply would gradually resume, the manager said.

In view of the pandemic and the Covid-19 protocol, the railways have stopped providing linen, blankets and curtains inside the trains. The railways had also suspended on-board catering services due to the Covid-19 situation.

However, with the decline in infection cases and train operations returning to normal, the railways first allowed catering services and now the laundry facility is also being restored in coaches.

There was a demand for sleeping accommodations in AC coaches with the restart of rail service across the country. Bed supply should start with prime services such as Rajdhani and Duronto services, followed by overnight courier/express services.

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