Soon,trains in the city will have a protective coating against graffiti and paan (betal) stains. The first lot of five trains is expected to roll out by the year end,Railway officials said.
We had been working on the project for quite some time and have finally given permission to the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) to paint the coaches with anti-graffiti paint. This will cost us Rs 2 to 3 lakh extra per coach, said P C Sehgal,Managing Director,Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC).
MRVC officials said the cost works out to an average of Rs 30 lakh per train.
We are doing it on an experimental basis. If it works,we might extend it to new trains under MUTP phases I and II, said Sehgal.
Sources said the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Shatabdi trains are being given the same graffiti-repellant coat.
It would be like pasting a thin transparent film,said Sehgal. The paint,developed by the Lucknow-based Research Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO) of the Indian Railways,uses nano-tech and its acrylic finish acts as a veneer to repel paan stains. Writing on its is tough,if not impossible.
Even if there are paan stains or graffiti,they can be wiped off with little effort. This will save time and water.
Despite several efforts,the railways have not been able to deal with graffiti and paan stains. The railways spend huge amounts to remove stains and graffiti .
Shriniwas Mudgerikar,chief spokesperson,Central Railway says railways spends around Rs 30 lakh a year on washing trains. Besides,each rake takes around 500 litres of water for cleaning. The stains stand out more against the new white and purple colour.
In a review meeting of the MUTP in June,Chief Minister Ashok Chavan had told the railways to deal with the paan stains in local trains sternly and make provisions for its own water resource to clean the trains.