Mumbai: CR installs radio tags to ensure regular cleaning on trains

Mumbai: To ensure that housekeeping staff of running trains visits and cleans each compartment regularly, Central Railway has introduced radio frequency identification (RFID) technology.

RFID tags, installed in each compartment, record time of visits by the cleaning staff. The technology has been introduced on three trains as of now.

"After carrying out every scheduled morning/evening cleaning, the housekeeper will have to sense-read the fixed RFID tag of the compartment using a handheld device which will record the sensing time of tag," said a CR release.

"On completion of trip of train, the data...will confirm if each compartment was attended twice a day." The tags are fixed near mirrors on the compartment wall.

The Mumbai division of CR has already started an SMS facility on 58888 and a website, which have proved very useful to ensure cleanliness, said a CR spokesperson.

"It virtually empowers the travellers to demand the housekeeper on running train any time. Soon this facility will be adopted by other units of Railways," the spokesperson added.

RFID mechanism has been introduced on Mumbai-Mangalore Express, Mumbai-Ferozpur Punjab Mail, Dadar-Chennai Egmore Express and Mumbai-Bhubaneshwar Konark Express.

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