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CR doesn't have enough water to get stains off trains

A pipeline glitch and BMC's water cuts are making the task of keeping the rakes clean increasingly difficult at the Central Railway's biggest car shed in Kurla, claim officials

The already exhausting task of washing the city's locals clean of its patchwork of paan stains and unauthorised posters has been made more gruelling with water supply problems the Central Railway is facing.

The CR's biggest car shed at Kurla is facing a water crisis on two accounts: due to trouble in the supply pipeline but also due to frequent water cuts.

The shortfall is severely hampering clean-up work, as it takes around 500 litres of water to wash one coach in a train.  "There is some problem with the water supply line, which we are trying to ascertain. Also, we have asked the civic body to avoid water cuts at the car shed as they make it difficult to wash trains," said a senior CR official on condition of anonymity.

The authorities are looking for possible leaks in the supply line to the car shed.

Authorities said they have written to the ward office in Kurla about the scant supply.

On Saturday, MiD DAY had reported ('Crores shelled out on cleaning trains can't take paan stains off') about the ineffectuality of cleaning operations -- costing Rs 2 crore annually -- in keeping the locals dirt free. 

Mulling options 
With trains remaining stubbornly seedy, authorities have been forced to make alternative arrangements.

"We are storing gallons of water in the storage tank as back up. We open it only when the trains are being washed," said another CR official, referring to the shed in Kurla, where two trains are washed during the day and two during the night.

CR authorities are also considering digging borewells at the car shed.

They propose to build three close to the water-pumping machine.

Sources said they would also introduce new handheld machines for swiftly and thoroughly washing the trains, especially its interiors.

Incidentally, the CR has an automated cleaning machine, costing around Rs 60 lakh, at all its car sheds in Kurla, Sanpada and Kalwa where, in all, 10 trains of 12 coaches are washed every day.

Harshad Kale, L-Ward officer of Kurla, said he needed to check the status of the problem before commenting.

500 litres
The amount of water used to wash one train coach

10
The number of trains washed by CR every day

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