Amid coronavirus threat situation in the country, as a precautionary measure, Central and Western Railway has ordered the withdrawal of blankets and curtains from AC coaches as they are not washed every day. Passengers in the AC coaches in Indian trains are provided with bed-sheets, towels and pillow covers, blankets, however, quilts are not washed for every journey.
"As per the extant instructions, curtains and blankets provided in AC coaches are not washed (after) every trip. In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, blankets and curtains will be immediately withdrawn from service till further orders.
"Passengers will be advised to bring their own blankets in their own interest. Some additional bedsheets will be kept for any exigencies," Western Railway spokesperson Gajanan Mahatpurkar told PTI.
Meanwhile, trains with long journeys are also being sanitised in view of the coronavirus pandemic that is gripping the world as more and more people are being infected by the deadly disease.