Railways to hire private firms in bid to keep stations clean

The railways plans to spend anywhere between Rs 5 crore to Rs 15 crore per station to upkeep of the station.

Written by PRIYAL DAVE | Mumbai | Published: September 11, 2014 1:20 am

In a bid to improve the upkeep of 50 railway stations across India, including Mumbai Central and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CSTM) in Mumbai, Railway Board officials met private entities in the city to discuss maintenance of railway stations on public-private-partnership basis.

“A few private companies made presentations to the Member Traffic on cleanliness provided at various places including five star hotels and airport,” said Devi Prasad Pande, Member Traffic, Railway Board.

The railways plans to spend anywhere between Rs 5 crore to Rs 15 crore per station to bring about a drastic change in the upkeep of the station. Among the 50 stations across the country, Mumbai Central and CSTM railway stations have been selected in Mumbai for the project, as announced by the Railway Ministry during the railway budget this year.

According to senior railway officers, a discussion was held about the requirements of cleanliness at railway stations where a high volume of passengers access the stations.

“In line with Central government’s directive on improving the cleanliness at railway stations across India, the Railway Board is taking steps to formulate a new guideline on cleanliness. The meeting was held to take inputs from private players already established in the sanitation business, to formulate a good policy,” said railway sources.

Member Traffic is learnt to have asked for specifications of equipment that will be required for cleaning station premises, including railway tracks, toilets, rest rooms, waiting rooms, booking areas and car parks.

“We are looking at bring the cleanliness levels at the stations at par with airports. Unlike now, when small cleaning contracts are given out for different activities, under the new policy, the entire maintenance of the station can be given to a private organization,” said a railway officer.
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