Indian Railways to set up mechanised laundries to provide clean and hygienic bed linen to passengers

The Indian Railways has decided to set up mechanised laundries at various depots in order to improve the quality of linen being provided to passengers, reports The Times of India. Under the “BOOT” (Build, Own, Operate and Transfer) model, North Central Railway plans to set up two mechanised laundries at Gwalior and Allahabad, in order to provide clean and hygienic bed linen to the passengers. The washing system at the proposed laundries would have features such as the capability to handle large volumes of line while optimising usage of water, power, steam, and chemicals, along with automatic transfer to subsequent stages. The pressing system would be equipped with a hydraulic press to facilitate maximum water extraction without the use of heat energy for drying and ironing. The linen sets will be packaged in environmental friendly bags and the contractor will supply the washed linen sets to attendants in the AC coaches at the platforms. A private agency selected will set up the facility and operate it for ten years, after which the automated laundry under the BOOT scheme will transfer of ownership to the railways. The mechanized laundry will be set up at Gwalior at the cost of about Rs. 9.14 crores for ten years. Read the full article on the website.