RCF Kapurthala reopens production process: others will start production after clearance by State Governments

INDIAN Railways’  Production unit Rail Coach Factory(RCF) in Punjab’s Kapurthala has reopened the production process after 28 days nationwide lockdown. In a relentless battle against COVID 19, the factory has been opened adhering to all safety precautions as per the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs and local administration, says a statement released by PIB. A total of 3744 employees have been permitted to join the work who are residing inside the RCF premises township. As per the guidelines of the Ministry of Home Affairs and the advisory of State Governments, other production units of Indian Railways will resume production as and when advised. Despite the limited availability of resources available for production, RCF Kapurthala has turned out two coaches in two working days. One LHB High capacity Parcel van and One Luggage cum Generator car has been turned out on 23.04.2020 and 24.04.2020 respectively. All employees who joined duty after lockdown have been issued a safety kit having masks, sanitizer bottles, and soap to individuals. All permitted employees have been called on duty in the factory for coach production. In administrative offices, all officers have joined offices and 33% of staff are being called on a rotating roster basis. COVID awareness posters and safety instructions to be followed have been displayed at prominent places in workshops, offices, and residential premises. All workers are being regularly counseled by their supervisors and officers for safety guidelines to be followed at the workplace. Hands-free liquid soap dispenser & washbasins have been provided in sufficient quantity and shop floor and offices for the employees. Workers are being called in three shifts having different timings. There is a gap between the entries, lunchtime, and exit timings for all three shifts. Every employee is being screened at the entrance gates by thermal scanners for their body temperatures. Each vehicle that is entering RCF premises is being sanitized by mist sanitizer tunnel provided at entrance gates. All workers are maintaining the social distancing protocol and following all safety and hygiene guidelines at their workplace. Lala Lajpat Rail Hospital situated in the RCF campus has provided separate counters and OPD cells for the patients having any symptoms of COVID infection. 24 Bed Quarantine facility in RCF campus and 8-bed isolation wards in LLR Hospital is ready to handle any case related to COVID. Depending upon the lockdown orders in States, others to start production as soon as they get clearance from State Governments, the PIB statement said. (picture courtesy to rail news. in)

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