Mangaluru, April 12, 2020: The isolation beds in 32 railway coaches of Palghat Division of the Southern Railway are ready and will be used only in case of exigency, Dakshina Kannada Member of Parliament and state BJP president Nalin Kumar Kateel said here on Sunday.
Speaking to the media after inspecting 20 modified coaches at Mangaluru Central Railway Station, Mr Kateel said the Phalghat Division has modified 20 coaches in Mangaluru shed and 12 coaches in Shoranur shed. The Railways acted swiftly to complete the modification process.
"We are in a position to handle any exigency, arising out of COVID-19. These coaches can be used in the city or can be moved to neighbouring Kerala, where there are more cases,’’ he added.
Apart from catering to need of patients, the Railways has addressed the need of doctors and paramedical staff, he said. Each rake will have a coach for lady paramedical staff and space for keeping oxygen cylinders, he said.