INDIA: The Rail Coach Factory in Kapurthala has rolled out its first ‘post-Covid coach’, incorporating what Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal said were ‘significant design improvements for post-Covid travel’

The vehicle incorporates a range of ‘hands-free’ features including forearm-operated compartment door handles, and foot-operated toilet door latches, taps, soap dispensers and flushing systems.

Handrails and latches are coated with copper, which has antimicrobial properties, while titanium dioxide coatings on surfaces such as washbasins, toilets, seats and berths, tables, windows and the floor are intended to inhibit viruses, bacteria, mould and fungal growth.

The air-conditioning system incorporates plasma equipment to sterilise the air and internal surfaces.