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Dirty trains, tobacco stains on platforms cost WR Rs 3.5 crore every year

The trains are cleaned in yard at an interval of 3-4 days and usually washed after 8 days.

Mumbai |
February 9, 2015 4:17:14 am

By: Santoshee Gulabkali Mishra

Even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan is still to see results on ground, the railway authorities have been spending huge amount of money to keep stations and trains clean throughout the year. The Western Railway spends close to Rs 3.5 crore to clean their compartments and other commuter-premises annually. Interestingly, only few contribute to create the filthy and unhygienic conditions inside local trains, express trains and on the platforms but the money spent in cleaning the filth is from the pockets of all commuters pockets, claims an official.

“It is usually the stains of paan, tobacco and gutkha on platforms and trains. The offenders make sure that they spit in the gaps between the doors, windows, and seats.The places chosen by the offenders are usually gaps and corners wherein it is difficult to take machines and it can be cleaned only manually,” said an official from the Western Railway.

Constant spitting requires acid and manual wash. “It is a difficult task for those who clean it manually and the spitting of pan, tobacco,gutkha stains cannot be removed by machines. The machines available cannot be taken regularly from one platform to another due to over-crowded stations,” added the official.

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Almost 1,305 trains are in services daily and make at least 8-10 trips from Churchgate to Virar. The trains are cleaned in yard at an interval of 3-4 days and usually washed after 8 days.

“We want people to assist us in keeping trains and station premises clean,” said Sharat Chandrayan, Chief Public Relation Officer of WR . “Meanwhile, the tracks are cleaned on a regular basis. The commuters throw empty bottles and sachets of chewing tobacco contents. Although clamps have been given for the cleaning but the sachets does not come out, thus the cleaners have to remove it from the tracks by their hands only,” said Chandrayan.

“There are 30 stations. On every station at least 20 cleaners are enagaged by the authorities,”added another officer.

The task is strenuous in Central Railway too, but the authorities refrained from giving relevant data.

santoshee.mishra@expressindia.com

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