Hi-tech laundries for cleaner linen on trains

The Indian Railways has decided to set up mechanised laundries at various depots in order to improve the quality of linen being provided to passengers.

Under the “BOOT” (Build, Own, Operate and Transfer) model, North Central Railway plans to set up two mechanised laundries at Gwalior and Allahabad.

The washing system at the proposed laundries would boast of numerous features, including the capability to handle large volumes of line while optimising usage of water, power, steam and chemicals along with automatic transfer to subsequent stages.

The pressing system would be equipped with a hydraulic press to facilitate maximum water extraction without the use of heat energy for drying and ironing. The drying system will be fitted with large capacity passthrough dryers for complete separating, conditioning and drying of laundry linen.

The transfer of linen from one stage to another would be carried out by means of a mechanical conveyor system. The contractor should make arrangements for collection of used linen from AC coach attendants from the platforms and transportation to the laundry stores.

After washing, drying, calendaring, and ironing of the linen in the automatic laundry, they would be responsible for packing of linen sets in environment friendly bags as well as their storage. Subsequently, the contractor would supply the washed linen sets to attendants in the AC coaches at the platforms.

Notably, the private agency selected would set up the facility on railway land and operate it for ten years. The railways will license the land to the private partner for the period on license fee and may provide water and electricity at commercial rates to it if available and requested by the party.

However, the contract for setting up of an automated laundry under the BOOT scheme will be for a period of ten years after commissioning, after which the ownership of all the machines and plan, ancillary equipments, utilities and fixed assets of the mechanised laundry will be transferred in good working condition to the railways without any extra charges, and railways will be the absolute owner of the same.

The mechanized laundry would be set up at Gwalior at the cost of about Rs. 9.14 crores for ten years while the estimate for setting up of mechanised laundry at Allahabad is currently being drawn. Talking to TOI, chief public relations officer of North Central Railway Sandeep Mathur informed that the railways is committed to providing clean and hygienic bed linen to the passengers and the setting up the mechanised laundries, as announced in the Railway budget, are efforts in this direction.”


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