Blankets for AC coaches will now be washed twice a month instead of existing practice of once in two months as the Railways has changed the material to make it washable-friendly. With the increase of washing frequency, service life of blankets will also be reduced to two years from the existing four years while the pricing is expected to almost double.
According to the revised specifications, the new blankets will be a mix of woolen and nylon to make smelly blankets a thing of the past for AC passengers though it is expected to cost double from the existing price. The heavy woolen blankets currently in the use cost about Rs 400 and with the change in fabric, new pricing will be decided shortly, said a senior Railway Ministry official involved with the task of introducing regular washable blankets for train travellers across the country.
Since the pricing of the blankets has not been revised in the last 10 years, the new ones with changed specifications are expected to cost more than the prevailing rate.
Plagued with complaints of dirty blankets, the Indian Railways was forced to firm up an action plan to increase the frequency of washing blankets and replace the existing ones in a phased manner. Read More