Passengers travelling on air-conditioned coaches of Indian Railways will soon have lighter and printed Dohar or muslin wraps with state-specific designs printed on them instead of woolen blankets, said a railway official.
This comes after the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) July 2017 report rapped the railways for dirty blankets. Following the criticism, in April 2018, the railway changed the specification and started planning to move towards lighter blankets.
“Every state has some specialty when it comes to blankets. For instance, the Mahabodhi Express might have blanket with Buddha printed on it and Telangana Express might havelocal specialty and Rajasthan is famous for Jaipuri razayi. We have issued directions to zonal railways to purchase Dohar keeping in mind the local touch,” said Rajesh Aggarwal, member (rolling stock) of the railway board. Aggarwal said the process of placing orders for the new wraps has been started, and in a few months, new blanket will start replacing the old one. Read more