GUWAHATI, April 16 - The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has started manufacturing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits at its workshops.
�Indian Railways� production units, workshops and field units have started manufacturing PPE coveralls for medical and healthcare personnel who get directly exposed to the COVID-19 while working among infected patients. Indian Railways will produce over 30,000 such coveralls in April and plans to manufacture one lakh units in May. The prototype coveralls have already cleared the prescribed tests with the highest grades at the authorized DRDO laboratory at Gwalior,� said Subhanan Chanda, Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) of the Maligaon-headquartered NFR.
�In order to fill the gap in availability and requirements of PPEs, workshops in NFR have also started making PPEs as per specification provided. Prototypes of PPEs made at the New Bongaigaon and Dibrugarh workshops with the help of presently available infrastructure have been tested by railway medical professionals. Nearly 150 sets of PPEs have been made in last two to three days. NFR plans to make 2,000 sets of PPEs out of 30,000 targeted by Indian Railways,� he added.