Mumbai: Railways disposes of 15 trucks full of garbage

Both, Central and Western Railways, are ridding its offices and station premises of junk, cleaning FOB staircases

Taking serious note of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s emphasis on a cleaner India during his ongoing visit to USA, the railways seem to be setting the perfect example. Over the last few days, railway authorities from the Central Railway (CR) and the Western Railway (WR) have been busy cleaning their offices and station premises.

A team of senior officers is closely inspecting the Churchgate station building to ensure that it is spick and span
A team of senior officers is closely inspecting the Churchgate station building to ensure that it is spick and span

At least one garbage truck has been observed leaving major stations like Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Thane, Kalyan, Mum-bai Central, Bandra Terminus, Borivli and Virar since the railways initiated the cleanliness drive a few days ago. So far, 15 such trucks have left the station premises. “As part of the campaign, all the offices are being cleared of junk,” said Narendra Patil, chief PRO, CR.

Junk being cleared from one of the several floors of the headquarters
Junk being cleared from one of the several floors of the headquarters

In addition, all the carsheds, workshops and project sites falling under CR are being cleared of garbage. A few officials even took on the onus of ensuring the removal of cobwebs near ticket booking offices, illegal bills pasted on walls, cleaning the staircase of foot over bridges and station premises. Officials are now mulling over imposing fines up to Rs 500 for spitting and littering.

“A special awareness drive was launched at Churchgate station today (Tuesday) to sensitise commuters about the importance of cleanliness. An appeal is being made to them about taking collective responsibility of keeping the station premises clean,” said Sharat Chandrayan, chief PRO, Western Railways.

Simultaneously, a team of senior officers is closely inspecting the Churchgate station building to ensure that it is spick and span. For example, the team recently checked the skywalk connecting the heritage WR headquarters and the new building on the first floor; the leaky toilet block opposite to which there is water cooler placed on the second floor.

The team even scrutinised an under-construction toilet block and climbed the least visited staircase between the second and the third floor, which was covered with dust.

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