The South Central Railway (SCR) has started converting its passenger coaches into isolation units to house COVID-19 patients. “Secunderabad depot had received orders to convert coaches to the isolation ward. We have a target of 60. Out of 60, we have finished 41 coaches and our deadline is April 10,” Umakanth Tauri Coaching Depot Officer, Secunderabad said.
Out of the coaches that have been converted into isolation wards till now, there are also General Sitting (GS) coaches. The middle berth has been removed. Tauri said they have given a provision to put oxygen cylinders for the patients. Out of the nine compartments, one compartment is given to doctors where they will have their equipment, oxygen cylinders.
“We have installed a plastic curtain to keep the doctor’s isolated from the patients,” he added.