To increase travel hygiene, Indian Railways is taking a lot of initiatives. After facing criticism from the Comptroller & Auditor General of India (CAG), the national transporter has decided to find a replacement for blankets in the air-conditioned coaches.
Instead of blankets, Railways is planning to offer muslin wrap dohars designed with traditional art. A circular issued by the national transporter said, “All zonal railways have been directed to gradually replace blankets in AC coaches with dohars that are easily washable at frequent intervals.”
They further added, “We have directed zonal railways to replace blankets in all the AC coaches. This is because blankets are more difficult to maintain in terms of hygiene and cannot be washed too many times. We are yet to ascertain the washing frequency of the new muslin wraps or dohars that will be used, it may even be possible to clean them once every run.”Book Trains
However, keeping in mind the needs of senior citizens and other passengers, the staff onboard will be given a stock of blankets for those who need them.