The Indian Railways which has come in for some heavy criticism over train delays and services provided by its staff is now focussing on making the travel experience better for its passengers. After ordering all zones to provide nylon blankets to those travelling in AC coaches, the Railway Board now plans to provide them with cotton-rich, non-woven face towels.
According to an order issued by the board, face towels given to the passengers travelling in air-conditioned coaches will be replaced with smaller, cheaper, disposable, takeaway napkins.
Currently, the cost of the face towels, including procurement cost and washing comes to around ₹3.53 per piece. According to a report from TOI, the board, in a written letter to the general managers of all the railway zones has said that the new napkins are expected to cost less. This is because the napkins will be ordered in bulk and are smaller in size.
While the existing towels measure 52 cm x 40 cm, the new ones will be smaller at 40 cm x 30 cm. “The new towels will be environment-friendly and made of cotton to absorb more water,” a railway official said told TOI. Based on the requirement, two such napkins per bedroll will be provided.