NEWS DESK: Indian Railways has taken numerous steps and measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus infection. 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 hands-free amenities, copper-coated handrails & latches, plasma air purification, and titanium di-oxide coating for COVID free passenger journey.
Following are the salient features of the Post COVID Coaches:
• Hands-free amenities: Post COVID Coach is having hands-free 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 the compartment door.
• Copper-coated handrails & latches: Post-COVID Coach equipped with copper-coated handrails & latches because copper degrades the virus landed on it within a few hours. Copper has anti-microbial properties. When the virus lands on copper, Ion blasts pathogen and destroys the DNA and RNA inside the virus.
• Plasma air purification: Post COVID Coach is having the provision of plasma air equipment in the AC duct. This plasma air equipment will sterilize the air and surfaces inside the AC coach using ionized air to make the coach COVID-19 and particulate matter resistant. This provision will also improve the ion concentration from 100 ions per cm3 to more than 6000 ions per cm.
• Titanium Di-oxide coating: Post COVID Coach is having Titanium Di-oxide coating in the coach. Nanostructured 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 the food testing laboratory of the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA), CE certified.
Titanium Dioxide 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. The effective life of this coating is 12 months.
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