Post Covid Coach _ UPSC

Post Covid Coach | UPSC

      HEADLINES:

Indian Railways creates POST COVID COACH to ensure safer journey

      WHY IN NEWS:

Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala has designed a Post Covid Coach to fight COVID-19

MINISTRY? :-Ministry of Railways
SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 3: Railways

      LEARNING: 

For PRELIMS go through each equipment design and technology used .

For MAINS make a note on ideal transport conditions post COVID-19 era .

      ISSUE: 

Post Covid Coach is designed with handsfree amenities, copper-coated handrails  latches, plasma air purification and titanium di-oxide coating

Post Covid Coach | UPSC

SOURCES: FINANCIAL EXPRESS

Indian Railways has taken numerous  steps and measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus infection.

SALIENT FEATURES 

HANDSFREE AMENITIES

  • Post Covid Coach is having handsfree 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 compartment door.

COPPER-COATED HANDRAILS & LATCHES

  • Post Covid Coach equipped with copper-coated handrails & latches because copper degrades the virus landed on it within few hours.
  • Copper has anti microbial properties.

When virus lands on copper, Ion blasts pathogen and destroy the DNA and RNA inside the virus.

PLASMA AIR PURIFICATION

  • Post Covid Coach is having provision of plasma air equipment in AC duct.

This plasma air equipment will sterilize the air and surfaces inside the AC coach .

  • Ionised air will make the coach Covid-19 and particulate matter resistant.
  • This provision will also improve the  ion concentration from 100 ions/cm3 to more than 6000 ions/cm.

TITANIUM DI-OXIDE COATING

  • Post Covid Coach is having Titanium Di-oxide coating in the coach.

Nano structured Titanium Dioxide Coating functions as photoactive material.

  • This is a 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 food testing laboratory of the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
  • TiO2 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.

Effective life of this coating is 12 months.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

  • 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 handsfree amenities, copper-coated handrails & latches, plasma air purification and titanium di-oxide coating for Covid free passenger journey.
     SOURCES:THE HINDU & PIB | Post Covid Coach | UPSC

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