Passenger Train Services Suspended due to lockdown in the wake of COVID-19. In such a situation Railways stepped to fight against Coronavirus. The Railway is converting it's AC and non-AC coaches into the isolation ward in view of the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the country. The statement issued by Ministry of Railways states that 3.2 lakh isolation beds had been prepared from 20 thousand coaches.

Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health told to media that the work of modification of 5000 coaches has been started. Medical Equipment such as testing kits, medicine and masks are being transported with the help of life line flights to convert railway coaches into hospitals.

East Central Railway has initially planned to built quarantine/isolation wards in 208 coaches. On the instructions of Railway Board, the work of converting 208 sleeper coaches into quarantine/isolation wards has been started. A total of 1664 beds i.e 8 berths per coach will be available in a total of 208 passenger coaches by East Central Railway.
Rajesh Kumar, Chief Public Relations Officer of East Central Railway, told that 55 coaches in Danapur Division, 45 in Dhanbad Division, 37 in Sonpur Division, 22 in Samastipur Division, 20 in Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Division and 29 coaches in Passenger Car Repair Factory, Harnaut will be converted into quarantine/isolation wards.

Life saving drugs, medical equipment, testing machines and paramedical staff will be deployed in these isolation wards. Apart from this, toilet in coaches will be converted into a bathroom according to the needs of the patient. Both middle berths of each cabin are being removed and the washbasin will have the faucet with lift type handles installed at the appropriate height so that the bucket can be also filled.

Two Oxygen Cylinders will also be provided by the medical department, which will be installed at the side berth of the cabin. Each cabin will have two bottle holders and windows with mosquito nets and dustbins with proper ventilation facilities. Bamboo mats will also be installed around the roof and window of the coach to reduce insulation and heat effect.