The Ambala division of the Northern Railways has set up its first laundry unit in Chandigarh. This will help the railways to wash more than 8,000 bedsheets in a single day. Other than the bedsheets, the railways can now also wash blankets, and towels of its own- which were earlier done by an outsourced company.
Armed with a one-tonne machine capable of washing, ironing and steaming, the laundry set up in Chandigarh Railway Station is a first in Ambala division. “This is a mechanized machine. We have installed two washing machines of 100 kg and 50 kg each.
Both of them have a capacity to wash 350 bed sheets in an hour,” said a railways official, adding that such machines have earlier been installed in Lucknow and Jabalpur.
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The official added that the unit has dosing facility as well. “The test run has already been done and now services will be started after it is inaugurated officially. Senior officials have already inspected the unit,” he said.
Divisional Railways Manager, Ambala division, Dinesh Kumar told Chandigarh Newsline that the mechanised laundry machine will help in ‘improving the quality’ of linen which is provided to the passengers.
“This will be an additional facility to the passengers. Linen in the trains from Kalka, Chandigarh, Ambala, and Bhatinda will be now washed at Chandigarh station,” he said, adding that General Manager of the Northern Railways is inspecting the unit after which it will be inaugurated by most likely Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu.
According to the Railways, the machines would run in two shifts and linen of as many as 14 trains of the Ambala division will be washed there.