Southern Railway will make 2,500 overalls, that are part of personal protection equipment (PPE), for railway doctors and other doctors who are on the frontlines of the fight against Covid-19.
The move comes after a DRDO lab, authorised for the purpose, cleared an overall produced by a workshop in Jagadhari, Haryana. The approved design and material will now be used to manufacture this protective overall by other workshops under different railway zones.
This is part of the Indian Railways initiative to manufacture PPE such as masks, gloves and others for railway doctors and paramedical staff. “Work will begin at Carriage Works and Loco Works in Perambur and Golden Rock Workshop in Trichy as soon as raw material arrives from Northern Railway,” a senior official said.
To ensure unformity in product, material for all the overalls is being procured centrally at Jagadhari which is located near many major textile industries in Punjab. Technical specifications are ready and suppliers are in place, the official added. The plan is to produce three sets per sewing machine per hour for as many days as required at workshops.
The workshops have industrial type sewing machines that are used to make curtains and others items for railway coaches. Railways is looking at offering around 50% of the overalls it manufactures to doctors with the state government.