Railways will now wash blankets after every use

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Smelly blankets may soon become a thing of past on trains, with the Railways deciding to wash them after every use.

As per the plan, newly designed lightweight blankets made of soft fabric will replace the existing ones and these will be washed after every use, a first in railways.

Currently blankets are washed only periodically — once or twice a month.

“We are procuring blankets designed by the National Institute of Fashion Technology [NIFT] which can be washed after every use and still last longer,” said a senior Railway Ministry official.

The NIFT has designed the fabric of the blanket, a mix of wool and cotton, which can withstand daily wash.

“Since there were complaints about blankets, we have tried to address the issue. We have approved the NIFT-designed washable blanket. The washable blankets will be used in a few selected premier trains to begin with and later more trains will be covered,” the official said.

The Railways has also undertaken steps to set up state-of-the-art mechanised laundries at many stations to cater to the increased requirement of daily washing of bedrolls, including blankets.

It is not only blanket but the entire bedroll has been redesigned with new colour combination by the NIFT. So the bed sheet and pillow cover are all going to sport a new look.

Passengers prefer coloured bedroll to the all-white, according to a survey on passenger preferences, he said.

Railways recently introduced the e-bedroll facility to enable passengers opt for bedroll while booking tickets online.

Passengers in sleeper class coaches can buy takeaway bedroll kits at stations or order online at the time of buying tickets.

The transport behemoth will charge Rs. 140 for two bedsheets and a pillow and Rs. 110 for a blanket.

Together, these can be purchased for Rs. 250. Currently only passengers travelling in AC coaches have free bedroll facility.

Keywords: Indian Railways, washing of blankets, washable blankets, National Institute of Fashion Technology

Source : The Hindu

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