Railway blankets washed once in two months

New Delhi (PTI): Ever wondered why the blankets provided by the Indian railways during train journey stink at times? It may be because these are washed only once every two months.

Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha told the Rajya Sabha during Question Hour today that while bedsheets, bed roll and pillow covers are washed every day, the blankets are washed every two months.


His reply came to questions raised by various members of the Upper House regarding the quality and hygiene of laundry and linen supplied by the Indian Railways on trains.

Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari quipped that the earlier system of passengers bringing their own linen and pillows for train journeys seems to be better.

He was supported by a Congress MP who asked the Minister if this would be allowed.
In response, Sinha said it was a “good advice” and the Railways will not have a problem if passengers want to adopt the earlier practice.

The Minister pointed out that while they have 41 mechanised laundries, plans are underway to increase their number by 25 more in the next two years so that these can serve about 85 percent of the passengers who use Railway linen and bed sheets.

He pointed out that in places which are not covered by the mechanised laundries, the job has been outsourced.


  1. Disgusting!!! India continues to be a third-world not because of lack of wealth, but due to this kind of mindset. Don’t tell me that we don’t have enough resources to wash these blankets more frequently than once in 2 months!! This is the same mindset that makes our towns look like some distant Somalia!! What a country!!

  2. Dear readers,

    Government hasn’t coughed up even a fraction of the Rs 8,00,000 crore outlay required to bring about much-needed modernisation of the dilapidated tracks.

    The IR is cash strapped mainly due to the recurring losses in the passenger segment of its operations. Last year, it lost Rs 30,000 crore ($5 billion). The loss per passenger-km increased to Rs. 0.23. After adjusting the income it takes from freight, the railways is left with a surplus cash of just Rs 690 crore ($115mn).Three are 11,250 bridges required strength to sustain higher loads at higher speeds, noting that about a quarter of out of 1,31,000 bridges are over 100 years old.

    Atithi-devo bhavo are welcomed with stinking toilets and ancient sitting arrangement.There are no consideration of physically challenged,pregnant and old people.Modi’s bullet trains are a waste of money, Indian Railways can’t afford it. When the priority takes over preference with bad policy it leads to disaster.

    Jai Hind

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