Railways might discontinue giving blankets in some AC trains. Here’s why

The Indian Railways is planning to discontinue giving blankets in some AC trains, following criticism that it gives dirty blankets to passengers.

Recently, a CAG report criticised the railways on cleanliness and hygiene in trains and stations.

Instead, railways is working on a pilot project to maintain the temperature of the AC coaches.

The railways will work on a pilot project and maintain the temperature at 24°C in these AC coaches, up from the current 19°C.

According to initial estimates, the move to do away with blankets is an economical option, considering that it takes Rs 55 to clean the bedroll while passengers are charged just Rs 22 for it.


Railways guidelines stipulate that the blankets are to be washed every one to two months, which was not being followed, resulting in the transporter being flooded with complaints.