Supreme Court Asks Railways to Provide Oxygen Cylinders For Ailing Passengers on Moving Trains

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New Delhi, Oct 19: The Supreme Court, as a Diwali gift to the commuters, has made it mandatory for the Indian Railways to keep oxygen cylinders in all trains. The step has been taken in a bid to help passengers suffering from respiratory problems.

The decision was taken by a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra including Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud. Further, the railway officials have also been directed to take assistance of doctors from AIIMS and to explore ways as to how medical treatment can be provided to the travellers if they fall ill in a moving train.

Notably, the government had claimed that the pilot project to provide medical treatment to passengers on moving trains, which it had started, failed as serious patients could not be treated in a moving train due to the noise and vibration while claiming that it was not feasible to deploy doctors in trains.

The bench said that the railways should keep oxygen cylinders in trains so that anyone suffering from any respiratory problem can be given aid. It also added that railway staff should immediately intimate next railway station about any passenger who is feeling sick so that medical assistance can be provided as soon as possible.