Following instructions from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to the railway ministry to keep railway stations clean, the Railway Board has issued directives to all zonal railways to begin a fortnight long inspection of the upkeep of railway stations serving long distance trains. The Western Railway (WR) and Central Railway (CR) have extended the drive to suburban railway stations in Mumbai.
On Monday, senior railway officials visited Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus to monitor passenger amenities like toilet blocks, catering stalls, dustbins and pre-paid taxi stands.
In line with the directive of the Board, zonal officers will be required to visit one station daily for the next 14 days to inspect the condition of passenger amenities and monitor the services provided by different contractors.
“If any catering stall or toilet block is found in a poor state, the contractor will face a heavy penalty,” said Shailendra Kumar, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), WR. The officer recently inspected Churchgate and Mumbai Central stations.
During the inspection, the contractors in charge of the pay and use at Churchgate have been instructed to increase the frequency of cleaning the toilets.
“While all passenger amenities have been provided at all station, their maintenance is not up to the mark. During the fortnight long drive, railway officials have been instructed to inspect the condition of passenger amenities and take measures to improve them,” said another senior railway officer.
Mukesh Nigam, DRM, CR, said, “We have started checking the passenger amenities at suburban stations and mainline stations. In addition to monitoring the facilities provided at the station, the inspection will help to improve coordination between different authorities at stations.”
Apart from Mumbai Central and Bandra Terminus, the drive will be conducted at Churchgate, Mumbai Central (local), Dadar, Bandra, Andheri, Borivali, Bhayander, Vasai and Virar on WR. On CR, the inspection will be carried out at CST, Dadar, LTT, Kalyan, Panvel, Ghatkopar, Mulund, Vikhroli, Kanjurmarg, Nahur among others.