‘Swachhta Pakhwada’ initiated by Central Railway
Nashik Road Station staff take cleanliness oath
The Indian Railways is observing Swachhata hi Seva from September 11 to October 2 with a view to ensure visible and tangible improvement in cleanliness at all its premises including stations, trains, offices, colonies, workshops, maintenance depots, hospitals, and other places.
Under the initiative, the Central Railways has launched ‘Swachata Pakhwada’, a fortnightly initiative which will include various activities in given 15 days.
Accordingly, the Nashik Road railway station launched the initiative by taking the oath of cleanliness. The staff of the Nashik Road railway station from various departments took the oath of cleanliness. On the occasion Station Manager RK Kuthar, safety inspector Rajaram Shinde, Kundan Mahapatra, health inspector Amol Shahane, chief booking officer Anil Bagale and others were present.
The station manager, Kuthar, informed, “Special attention is being given to clean track approaches, solid waste management including the ban of plastic and water use efficiency. Central Railway will also vigorously undertake anti-littering and imposition of penalty under “polluter pays” principle with the active participation of railway staff along with NGOs, Charitable Institutions, Passengers and Public at large for their voluntary physical contribution towards Swachhta hi Seva.”
“This would create a healthy environment for us to celebrate the highest cleanliness standard of all our stations, trains, colonies, hospitals and health units. On September 17 the focus will be on the collection of plastic waste. Shramdaan will also be carried out on station with participation from all railway employees, their families, and all other stakeholders and self-help groups.”
The Central Railways will drive awareness campaigns for creating an impact against plastic; vendors to be educated not to use plastic as the single-use plastic ban in force in Maharashtra. It will also suggest replacements or substitutes for plastic items and will display and distribute cloth bags. Apart from cleanliness, a collection of plastic from all railway premises will be the main motive of the initiative.