|Minister for Railways Piyush Goyal has said that Indian Railways is devoting all its resources for fighting COVID-19. He said, isolation coaches have started functioning at Nandurbar in Maharashtra with COVID-19 patients being admitted. Ministry of Railways said, at present, over 4 thousand converted coaches are available with Railways in its 16 zones and can be made available for the state governments on request.
According to the Health Ministry Guidelines, these converted railway coaches are used by the State Governments when they exhaust their own medical facilities. In addition to the overall transformation, the process of conversion entails removal of middle berth, conversion of toilets into shower rooms etc.
In the month of March, April, May and June last year, railway coaches were converted into Covid Care Coaches by the Indian Railways.