2nd October 2018 will mark the beginning of the celebrations to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. This day is being preceded by "Swachhta Hi Sewa Pakhwara", which is being observed from 15th September to 2nd October 2018 over the entire Indian Railways. Western Railway is also observing this fortnight long event to highlight the importance of cleanliness on Railways.
Western Railway is organising several cleanliness campaigns including special drives on cleanliness at railway stations, trains, offices, colonies, workshops, hospitals etc. Focus is being ensured on cleaning of Water Booths and quality of drinking water, cleaning of drains, adequacy of dustbins, garbage disposal, cleaning campaigns by associating NGOs and other Charitable Institutions, etc. Further special attention is being given during the drive to clean track approaches to railway stations. Action under anti-littering rule and imposition of penalty under "polluter pays principle" is also being ensured. This fortnight will be marked with various events and each day has been assigned with a special name for a specific area:
Shri A K Gupta, General Manager, Western Railway, administering Swachhta Pledge to officers and staff of Western Railway on 15the September, to mark the begining of Swachhta Pakhwada
S'wachh Awareness' 15 September The day will start with administering Swachhta pledge to Railway staff, their families and safai karamcharis. Prabhat Pheris will be taken out in the morning to raise awareness. Workshops and training programmes will be conducted for officers & staff. Nukkad Nataks will be organized with the help of NGO's, Religious bodies and Schools at railway stations for awareness of passengers.
'Swachh Samwad' 16 & 17 September. There will be cleanliness dialogue with public and inhouse respectively. Seminars on sanitation and upkeep of railway stations will be organized by involving NGOs, Charitable institutions, Scouts & Guides, unions and railway employees to undertake cleanliness drive on their nearest railway stations. Painting & Poster competitions on the theme of cleanliness will also be organized. Anti littering notices on all the institutions on the railway premises like railway colonies, rest houses, running rooms, health units etc will be displayed. Awareness will be made through Public Announcement Systems and through posters encouraging more use of paperless travel in all classes of travels. Feedback will be taken from travelling public regarding cleanliness awareness including messages on 139.
The theme for 18th & 19th Sept, will be 'Swachh Stations' and will be marked with intensive cleanliness drive of all stations. During this drive, the focus will be to ensure availability and working of cleaning machines, tools & plants, protective gears for cleaning staff, adequate provision of dustbins at stations etc. Several campaigns such as 'fill the dustbin', 'donate the dustbin' for stations cleanliness shall also be undertaken. Plastic bottle crushers will be installed with CSR funding to avoid choking drains or water outlets. Efforts will be made to discourage use of plastics.
On 20th & 21st Sept, the theme will be 'Swachh Railgadi wherein teams of officers and staff will ensure cleanliness onboard the trains through intensive inspections. All trains will be inspected in the washing line, at Railway Yards and also at stations, including checks on toilets, quality of linen. Suggestions/feedback shall also be obtained from passengers and immediate action will be initiated.
On 22nd Sept, the theme will be'Sewa Diwas'/ 'Community Day', wherein the Station Masters will seek cooperation from general public, railway employees, railway colony staff, NGOs etc not to litter the railway premises and to keep it clean. A combined shramdaan will be organized for cleaning the station premises and its surroundings. An awareness campaign will be launched with the theme being 'Meri Seat Mera Dabba'.
On 23rd & 24th Sept, the theme will be 'Swachh Parisar', wherein intensivedrives will be undertaken to clean-up and improve offices including hospitals, coaching depots etc on the 1st day and railway colonies etc on second day. It will be ensured to provide required amenities in the circulating areas of station complexes and unauthorized encroachments, if any will be removed. Cleaning of all drains at stations and other units shall also be undertaken. Participation under CSR will be called for setting up waste to energy plants in railway colonies. Beautification of the premises especially in railway colonies, hospitals etc. will be done by pruning of trees, plantation and landscaping.
On 25th & 26th Sept, the theme will be 'Swachh Aahar' to provide clean and hygienic environment at catering units. Intensive cleaning of all canteens and pantry cars of trains will be taken. Samples of food shall be taken for checking and feedback of passengers will be obtained on the quality of food served.
The 27th & 28th Sept, the theme will be 'Swachh Neer' with intensive inspection of all water installations including filter plants, sources of water supply, water taps for drinking water, water vending machines, water coolers at stations and for availability of water in trains as well as in offices, railway colonies, hospitals, health units and schools. Efforts will be made for setting up of rain harvesting plants and recycling plants will be strengthened.
On 29th Sept, the theme will be'Swachh Prasadhan' with intensive cleaning of all toilet blocks at railway stations, coaching depots, trains and surrounding areas will be undertaken. It will also be ensured that there is adequate water supply and defective pipes and drainage system will be attended to.
On 30th Sept, the theme will be'Swachh Competition'. A competition will be held and commendation will be given to those units like Workshops, Loco Sheds, Coaching & Trade Depots, Car Sheds, Railway colonies & office buildings which are found regularly clean. This will inculcate a habit of cleanliness among the employees. Supervisors/staff working on cleaning activities will be suitably recognized.
On 1st October, 2018 all of the activities carried out during the pakhwara will be reviewed and uploaded on WR's website.