PATNA: The number of Covid-19 cases may have declined in Bihar, but Danapur division of the East Central Railway has come up with a contingency plan to protect its frontline workers from the deadly virus. More than 800 employees of the division have tested positive so far.
According to the senior divisional commercial manager of Danapur, Adhar Raj, hot water booths will be installed for the frontline workers as well as the passengers at 25 major stations, including the Patna Junction and the Rajendra Nagar Terminal. Steam machines, the design and structure of which are being finalised, will also be introduced on the premises of different stations so that the railway employees and the passengers can inhale the vapour.
“We have decided to install ‘corona guard’ inside the waiting halls at the Patna Junction, Rajendra Nagar Terminal and other stations under the division to keep the virus at bay. The newly developed device, which can kill bacteria and virus, may also be installed in our offices and public places later,” Adhar told this reporter.
He added, “The railways has put all its frontline workers like loco pilots, station masters, guards, ticket collectors and paramedical staff on high alert and asked them to take full precautionary measures in order to ensure their safety.”
Vaccination camp: Altogether 90 railway officials and many others in the 18+ age group were inoculated at a Covid vaccination camp set up on the premises of the Patliputra Rail Parisar in Patna on Thursday.
According to Rajesh Kumar, the chief public relations officer of the East Central Railway (ECR), around 72% of the staff under the five divisions of the zone have already been vaccinated.
“Of the 81,635 employees, 58,268 have received the vaccine shots so far. These include the staff from Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Junction (8,738), Danapur (10,295), Samastipur (10,245), Sonepur (10,991), Dhanbad (14,181), ECR headquarters (1,424) and different workshops (2,394),” the CPRO said.
The camp was organized in the presence of ECR’s general manager L C Trivedi.

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