Days ahead of the launch of the mega cleanliness drive under the name ‘Swachch Bharat’ on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Indian Railways is gearing up for a nationwide rollout of the scheme at an unprecedented scale.
After a special meeting called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the matter on 11 September, railway minister Sadananda Gowda has directed 13 lakh employees of the transporter to either participate through cleaning stations or spread awareness on cleanliness.
The massive launch will witness all officers of the railway board above the rank of a Director visiting and cleaning one station.
Board Chairman Arunendra Kumar will visit Hazrat Nizamuddin station and Financial Commissioner will participate on Agra Cantonment station while Member (Mechanical) Alok Johri has been assigned Safdarjung station.
Kumar has advised Zonal Railways and administrative units to implement the plan which will coverstations, trains, track, workshops and even railway colonies.
The zonal railways have been given the target of ensuring tracks located between stations are cleared of debris, garbage and plastic waste by 28 September.
“At D and E category stations, a special grant of Rs 1,000 per platform for the campaign day beprovided in addition to regular arrangement for cleaning. Already, 13,238 bio-toilets have been fitted and running on 4,882 coaches,” the ministry said in a statement.
The drive will include action against persons making premises dirty under the rules prohibiting littering at railway premises.
Indian railways will organize regular events focused on cleanliness over the next five years. Indian Railways has selected 50 stations for outsourcing of cleanliness activities.
Also, the ministry has decided all newly manufactured coaches by coach production units will be mandatorily fitted with bio-toilets before they commence operation in 2017.