Indian Railways begin process of phasing out of blankets in AC coaches


New Delhi: After the CAG rap, the Railways have begun the process of doing away with providing blankets in AC compartments and are instead regulating the temperature inside the coaches so that passengers don’t shiver.

The ‘no-blankets rule’ has now been implemented in the third AC coach of the Jammu Mail, a senior official of the railway ministry said.

The Railways is using thermal control and regulating the temperature in the third AC compartment of the Delhi-Jammu train to around 24-26 degree Celsius from the current 19 degrees so that passengers are comfortable and do not need blankets.

The step to phase out blankets from trains was taken after severe criticism from the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) in its report recently about dirty blankets and bedrolls.

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