With a view to provide clean linen and thereby more comfortable journey to passengers, South Eastern Railway has laid emphasis on mechanisation of laundries. Recently, a mechanised laundry has been commissioned by the agency entrusted to wash and clean linen (bed rolls) provided to passengers in train.
The mechanised laundry built in an area of 6000 Sq ft at Sankrail in West Bengal is undertaking washing of bedrolls and linen used in various trains with an output of 6000 bed sheets and 3000 face towels per day.
Altogether 35 employees are working in two shifts to improve the quality of washing of bedrolls. A number of sophisticated machines including Washer Extractor, Hydro Extractor, Filter and Softener, Calendaring Machine, Tumbler Drier which ensure high quality cleaning methods have been installed in the Sankrail Laundry, so that passenger travelling in SER trains are satisfied with the linen supplied. With functioning of this mechanised laundry, passenger complaints regarding linen supplied in coaches have come down significantly. During March, 2013, SER has got only 4 Bedroll related complaints in comparison to 18 and 19 nos in January and February, 2013 respectively. South Eastern Railway’s first Mechanised Laundry was commissioned at Tatanagar in March, 2012. With a view to ensure passenger satisfaction regarding the quality of bedrolls supplied in trains, SER is in the process of commissioning two more mechanized laundries at Chakradharpur and Hatia.
This will be followed by a large mechanised laundry at Santragachi. After commissioning of all these mechanised laundries at Chakradharpur, Hatia and Santragachi, it is expected that SER will be able to achieve significant improvement in Linen Management. UNI BM 1647 NNNN