Buoyed by the success of the State’s first mechanised laundry, introduced under Build, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT) model at Tirupati railway station, officials are planning to set up another facility to cater to the increasing linen requirement .
Since its inception in 2017, BOOT laundry has not only contributed towards a 95% decrease in passenger complaints but has also eased the burden of the existing laundry service providers.
Elucidating on the current linen requirement, a senior railway official said that the Tirupati railway station processes nearly 16 trains everyday, with a total requirement of seven tonnes. “The existing BOOT laundry caters to 3.5 tonnes of linen and the remaining is handled by a private operator.
Introduction of a new facility would build upon the advantages of a BOOT laundry, over the long-term, which is initially operated by a private partner and would be handed over to the railways after ten years.
The facility is constructed on land owned by railways and in accordance with the specifications mentioned in the agreement,” he maintained. As many as 10 personnel, spread across two shifts per day, work at the BOOT laundry near Chintalachenu area of Tirupati.
The linen is offloaded at Tirupati railway station and then transferred to the facility, where it is segregated based on categories such as heavily soiled to lightly stained. Cleaning is then taken up by machines, including the amount of detergent used, followed by ironing.
The railway official said that there were several proposals to convert weekly services originating from Tirupati, or those being serviced here, to daily services for passengers’ benefit.