SWACHHATA PAKHWADA BEING OBSERVED
ALL OVER WESTERN RAILWAY
GM WR participates in shramdaan at Umargam station
Photo caption: In the first photo, Shri Alok Kansal – General Manager of Western Railway is seen participating in shramdaan at Umargam station. Various cleanliness activities being carried out across Western Railway.
Indian Railways is observing Swachhata Pakhwada from 16th to 30th September, 2021 and on 2ndOctober, 2021 across its zones and production units. The fortnight is dedicated to ensure visible and tangible improvement in cleanliness of railway premises. Joining in the initiative, Western Railway has also launched various cleanliness activities to spruce up stations, offices and railway premises. Shri Alok Kansal – General Manager of Western Railway, administered the Swachhata Pledge & inaugurated the Pakhwada over WR on 16thSeptember, 2021. GM Shri Kansal has appealed everyone to do ‘Shramdaan’ for ensuring cleanliness in the offices, as well as at their place of residence. GM also personally participated in shramdaan at Umargam station during his recent visit.
According to a press release issued by Shri Sumit Thakur – Chief Public Relations Officer of Western Railway, the first five days of the campaign were observed on themes such as Swachhata Awareness, Swachh Stations and Swachh Trains. Intensive cleaning activities are being carried out, with prime focus on cleanliness and maintaining hygiene at stations, trains, circulating area, etc. Inspection of various stations is being conducted by railway officers and supervisorial staff. To encourage & create awareness among passengers, posters & banners have been put at stations & premises as well as awareness slogans played through PA systems. Audio-Visual messages are also being displayed at digital screens. Intensive cleaning of solar power equipment, bottle crushing machines, electrical equipment such as fans, LED lights, AC units, signage boards, etc. is being carried out across stations of Western Railway. Special efforts are carried out to clean toilets and toilet blocks at station premises. Availability of cleaning tools and equipment, working of cleaning machines and protective gears for cleaning staff has been ensured. More than 23 thousand running meter of drains have been cleaned and sanitized over Western Railway, covering stations, workshop depots, sheds, railway institutes, schools and colonies. Till now, 18.93 tonnes of garbage has been collected which includes, 17.9 tonnes of recyclable/dry waste and 1.03 tonnes of plastic waste. Fumigation, sanitization & anti larval spray was done as precautionary measures at various Railway premises. Fogging has been carried out at 14 locations, while unwanted debris has been removed from 15 different locations over WR till now. Almost 300 trees were planted till now and more saplings will be planted in the future. Besides the cleaning activities, to encourage railway persons to follow the path of cleanliness, 3 webinars have been conducted. To observe the theme of Swachh Trains, intensive cleaning of interior & exterior of trains were carried out alongwith checking of toilets and wash basins for repair. Water leakage of taps were improved and bio-toilets were thoroughly checked for proper functioning. Half torn stickers were removed from inside the trains near the aisle area. Proper & systematic disposal of garbage and plastic waste was insured.