Foot pedal-operated hand wash machine installed at New Model Running Room – Hindustan Times

For the safety of loco pilots, assistant loco pilots and guards, the railway authorities have installed a foot pedal-operated hand wash machine at New Model Running Room in Ludhiana.

Though all passenger trains stand cancelled, around 70 loco pilots, assistant loco pilots and guards, are working daily as the parcel trains and goods trains are still operating.

Station director Tarun Kumar said earlier, the pilots and guards were provided sanitisers before entering the running room. “But as washing hands is the best way to keep them clean, we decided to provide a hand wash system at the entry gate,” he added.

“So that they don’t touch taps or liquid soap dispensers, we have set up a foot pedal-operated machine for dispensing soap and pumping water from the tap,” Kumar said.

Divisional railway manager Rajesh Agrawal said this method was adopted to prevent the spread of coronavirus and save water. “Besides, the rooms of pilots and guards are being regularly disinfected and all precautions are being taken for their safety,” he added.


As the cancellation of all passenger trains has been extended till further orders, the railway authorities briefed about cancellation and refund rules.

The DRM said no passenger ticket booking will be available at reserved and unreserved counters and even online. “All reserved and unreserved counters at railway stations will remain closed till further orders. So to cancel the tickets, only e-ticket cancellation facility is available as of now.”

The authorities have extended the time period for cancellation and refund of