Ranchi railway div puts up kiosks to sell bedrolls ahead of winters

  • | Friday | 20th November, 2020

As the mercury has started dipping with the onset of winter, the Ranchi railway division has set up kiosks in Ranchi station where the passengers can purchase bedrolls for their onward journeys. Ever since the viral outbreak in India, railways withdrew the bedrolls it traditionally offered to those onboard its air-conditioned coaches.

As the mercury has started dipping with the onset of winter, the Ranchi railway division has set up kiosks in Ranchi station where the passengers can purchase bedrolls for their onward journeys.

Ever since the viral outbreak in India, railways withdrew the bedrolls it traditionally offered to those onboard its air-conditioned coaches citing possible contamination of the deadly virus. 

The move comes as Bihar-bound festive special trains are running at full capacity owing to Chhath Puja. As of Thursday, nearly 1,100 passengers waited for confirmation of their tickets onboard the Ranchi-Patna festive special train, scheduled to depart on Friday. The waiting list for the train’s Saturday’s journey stood close to 1,090.

The passengers can purchase a blanket at Rs 180 and a pillow at Rs 110. Linens are priced at Rs 50 per piece.

“A private agency has been roped in to ensure that the passengers can purchase bedrolls at cheap rates,” a senior divisional officer requesting anonymity said. He added that the kiosk has been set up on an experimental basis and the service might continue depending on the response they get.

Meanwhile, when asked about the measures being taken to manage the festive rush, chief public relations officer Niraj Kumar said, “Only those with confirmed tickets are being allowed to board the trains. Social distancing and other protocols are being followed while boarding and de-boarding.”



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