Indian Railways will now carry out a cleanliness survey of tracks on busy routes

5/22/2017

  • Widening its sanitation drive, the Indian Railways will now carry out a cleanliness survey of tracks on busy routes and rank its 16 zones based on performance.
  • The railways had recently released results of a similar survey of 407 stations, carried out by the Quality Council of India.
  • All-out efforts will be made to keep the tracks clean as part of the government’s ongoing cleanliness campaign, said a senior railway ministry official.
  • Railway tracks at many stretches resemble garbage dump with leftover food, plastic bottles and paper boxes strewn all over. Discharge of human waste from trains is also a cause for concern.
  • In fact, several railway divisions have pressed into service a mechanised system for cleaning of tracks near stations. Besides, installation of bio-toilets in several trains has reduced discharge of human waste on the tracks.
  • The Indian Railways is the third largest rail network in the world, covering 66,000 km and having more than 8,000 stations.
  • It was after the launch of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan on October 2, 2014, by Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the railways launched ‘Swachh Rail, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’.
  • The railways has also made operational a ‘Swachh Rail’ portal to showcase cleanliness rankings of various stations.
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