After decades of providing average quality linen and bulky bedrolls to train passengers in air-conditioned compartments,the Railways is finally looking to make a switch.
At an internal meeting recently,the Railways Ministry decided to approach the Textile Commissioner or the governing body of the Association of Corporations Apex Societies of Handlooms to provide better quality blankets to AC passengers. The Ministry is also looking to solve the problem of bedsheets and pillow covers being stolen on a daily basis. One of the options under consideration is using disposable,non-woven material for pillow covers and bedsheets. A pilot project for this is in the works,sources said.
According to figures available with zonal railways,nearly 9 per cent of the hand towels provided in the linen set are lost or stolen every day from trains,including the Rajdhani and Duronto Express.
Chief Mechanical Engineers of zonal railways have intimated the Ministry about the problem and the Mechanical Directorate will take a call on the issue. The zonal railways will approach the Railway Ministry to discontinue the practice of towels, it was decided in the meeting.