Railways, civic bodies join hands; pick up the broom to clear tracks
After focusing on the sanitation at train stations, Pune railway division is moving its cleanliness drive towards tracks and outside station premises.
For this initiative, railways will be working together with Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC).
Poor track record: Railway tracks in Ghorpadi, which has houses on both sides, and garbage is visible on the tracks. PIC/KRUNAL GOSAVI
“Basically, we are going beyond the railway stations and cleaning up tracks for the safety and security of our passengers. Till now, we hadn’t had any conversation with PMC and PCMC over the issue of cleanliness of tracks, which comes under their jurisdictions,” said divisional railway manager (DRM) of Pune Suneet Sharma, the man behind this initiative.
A special drive has been started now, in which workers of railways, PMC and PCMC are working together for cleaning up the tracks. This drive is going on the Pune-Mumbai route and also on the Pune-Daund route.
“Having garbage on the tracks is very risky for running trains and also for commuters. People living near the railroads should not dispose of refuse or wastewater on the tracks, and it creates an unhygienic atmosphere,” said Sharma.
Another important aspect is that Pune railway division has issued notices to some of the housing societies and residents adjacent to the tracks, for maintaining cleanliness. Also, railway administration is trying to sanitise the premises outside the Pune railway station with the help of PMC, so that passengers coming from the exteriors come across a pleasant picture.
>> Rajesh Bandal said, “As there are few public garbage dumps in our area, most citizens throw their waste materials on the tracks. Now, in the last week, the cleanliness work has begun on the tracks, and I think people should themselves realise this and not chuck trash on railway tracks.”
>> Vimala Jambhale said, “Living near railway tracks is really hard for us, as there is a lot of dirt and garbage spread along the way all the time. We avoid throwing refuse on tracks, as there is no one to clean it up. Now that the railways have started to tidy the tracks regularly, we will definitely support them in this initiative.”