Railways develop ‘post-Covid coach’ as a measure to prevent the spread of the virus
– globalbihari bureau
Kapurthala: As a measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus infection, Railways’ production unit, Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala, has developed a Post Covid Coach which would have hands-free amenities, copper-coated handrails and latches, plasma air purification and titanium di-oxide coating for “Covid free passenger journey”.Following are the salient features of the Post Covid Coach:
1. Handsfree amenities: Post Covid Coach is having hands free 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 wash basin with foot operated water tap and soap dispenser and forearm operated handle on compartment door.
2. Copper-coated handrails and latches: Post Covid Coach are equipped with copper-coated handrails are latches because copper degrades the virus landed on it within few hours. Copper has antimicrobial properties. When virus lands on copper, Ion blasts pathogen and destroy the DNA and RNA inside the virus.
3. Plasma air purification: Post Covid Coach is having provision of plasma air equipment in AC duct. This plasma air equipment will sterilize 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.
4. Titanium Dioxide coating: Post Covid Coach is having Titanium Dioxide coating in the coach. Nano structured Titanium Dioxide Coating functions as photoactive material. This is an 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), CE certified. TiO2 is considered to be a safe substance and is harmless to humans. This Titanium Dioxide coating applied on washbasins, lavatory, seats & berths, snack table, glass window, floor, virtually every surface that comes in human contact. Effective life of this coating is 12 months.