The Central Railways’ Mumbai division is planning Covid-19 Kiosk, an automatic vending machine for triple ply masks, hand sanitizers and gloves at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, Dadar and Lokmanya Tilak Terminus stations.
“This is in addition to the health ATMs planned at various suburban stations. And, the Mumbai division has also planned to provide a sanitizing facility for passenger luggage,” said CR senior PRO Anil Kumar Jain. He further said, “As per travel guidelines for rail commuters issued by the ministry of Health, during boarding and travel, all passengers shall use face masks. Passengers should also follow hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene and maintain environmental hygiene. Hence, it is crucial that the Covid-19 protective materials should be made easily available for passengers in railway premises.”
If any passenger is in need of a fresh mask, sanitizer and gloves, the Covid-19 Automatic Vending Machine Dispenser of Mumbai division will provide the same at a very nominal cost, he said. In order to facilitate passengers to monitor their health parameters quickly, Mumbai division has already initiated setting up of Health ATM kiosk at Kalyan, Thane and Lokmanya Tilak Terminus and also called for e-tenders for installation of Health ATMs at 12 suburban stations namely Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, Vadala Road, Chembur, Panvel, Dadar, Kurla, Ghatkopar, Vikhroli, Bhandup, Mulund, Dombivli and Badlapur stations.
CR Chief PRO Shivaji Sutar said that commuters can get 16 to 18 types of health check-ups including blood pressure, sugar levels, body mass index and other health metrics. “The services offered through these health ATMs will cover 16 parameters (non-invasive) like basic screening for nominal Rs 50 and with addition of Haemoglobin and blood sugar with 18 other parameters for Rs 100,” Sutar said.
“The availability of the Covid-19 Precaution Automatic Vending Machine at important stations like CSMT, Dadar and LTT will not only create awareness about coronavirus preventive measures but also encourage commuters to use these protective gears. This initiative will strengthen the railway’s commitment to safeguard its passengers”, said Shalabh Goel, Divisional Railway Manager, CR.