In first row first pic V. K . Tripathi – Add. General Manager of Western Railway is seen administrating pledge to officers & staff of WR HQ, in second pic MP Shri Kirit Bhai Solanki seen doing shramdan at Ahmedabad and in third pic MP Shri Devu Singh Cahuhan inaugurating DEMU between Nadiad & Modasa are seen along with dignitaries. In second row, first pic Devendra Kumar – Divisional Railway Manager of Vadodara Division along with staff are seen in prabaht pheri at Pratapnagar colony, in second pic Parmeshwar Funkwal – Divisional Railway manager of Rajkot Division along with staff at Rajkot Station in swachchta drive & in last pic students of prathmik vidyalaya are seen in prabhat pheri at Bhavnagar Para.
To commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Western Railway has planned a massive cleanliness drive at all stations in the month of September 2019. A Special cleanliness drive “Swachchta Hi Sewa” Pakhwada is being observed from 16th September to 30th September 2019 over Indian Railways with a view to ensure visible and tangible improvement in cleanliness at all its premises like stations, trains, offices, colonies, workshops, maintenance, depots, hospitals and others.
First day of Swachchta Pakhwada was observed over all divisions of WR as “Swachch Awareness” Diwas. Swachchata pledge was taken by railway officers and staff of WR Head quarter at Churchgate which was administered by V. K. Tripathi -Add. General Manager of Western Railway.
According to a press release issued by WR CPRO Ravinder Bhakar, it has been decided to do a “MASSIVE SHRAMDAN” on 17th September, 2019 with main focus on “ COLLECTION OF PLASTIC WASTE”. The shramdaan will have participation from all railway employees, their families, railway pensioners, and all other stakeholders and self-help groups. This SHRAMADAN will be arranged at each and every station and nearby locality, approach to stations, area near tracks all over the country.
In Mumbai Division, Shramdan was organized at Pali hill colony while prabhat pheri with swachhta slogans was organized at Pali Hill, Badhwar park and Valsad. Principal Railway School and Railway staff were participated prabhat pheri organized at Valsad. At Ahmedabad MP Kirit Bhai Solanki inaugurated various passengers amenities like lift, extension of cover shed , general class waiting room at Ahmedabad and renovated retiring room at Maninagar stations. He also dedicated free WiFi facility at Asarva station of Ahmedabad division.
Prabhat Pheri was organized at Paratapnagar railway colony under leadership of Devendra Kumar – Divisional Railway Manager of Vadodara Division. Branch officers and railway staff including hospital staff and scout and guide cadets were participated in this rally and spread awareness about use of single use plastic. Tress plantation drive was done by DRM, and other officers and compost made from solid waste plant, Vadodara were distributed in Pratapnagar colony.
Swachhta Shapath Pledge was taken by all officers, supervisors and staffs at Electric loco shed, Vadodara. MP Devu Singh Chauhan inaugurated train no 79463/79464 Nadiad – Modasa DEMU also done Shramdan and tree plantation at station area. Parmeshwar Funkwal – Divisional Railway Manager of Rajkot Division administered Swachhta Pledge to Officers and Staff in DRM office premises at Rajkot followed by tree plantation, Prabhat Fery, Shramdaan at Rly colonies and Rajkot station.
On 17th and 18th September, the theme will be ‘Swachh Samwad’. There will be cleanliness dialogue with public and inhouse respectively. The theme for 19th and 20th September, will be ‘Swachh Stations’ marked with intensive cleanliness drives at all stations. On 21st and 22nd September, the theme will be ‘Swachh Railgadi wherein teams of officers/supervisors and staff in all OBHS trains will ensure cleanliness onboard the trains through intensive inspections.
On 23rd September, the theme will be ‘Swachh Parisar’,wherein intensive drives will be undertaken to clean-up and improve cleanliness in Railway colonies, Retiring Rooms/Waiting Halls, Rest Houses and dormitories. On 24th and 25th September the theme will be ‘Swachh Aahar’ to provide clean and hygienic environment at catering units. On 26th and 27th September, the theme will be ‘Swachh Neer’ where 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.
On 28th September, the theme will be ‘Swachh Prasadhan’. Intensive cleaning of all toilet blocks at railway stations, coaching depots, trains and surrounding areas will be undertaken. On 29th September , the theme will be ‘Swachh Competition’ and on 30th September, all of the activities carried out during the pakhwara will be reviewed and uploaded on WR’s website.
On 2nd October, ‘Sewa Diwas’/’Community Day’, wherein the Station Masters will seek cooperation from general public, railway employees, railway colony staff, NGOs not to litter the railway premises and to keep it clean, will be observed. A combined shramdaan will be organized for cleaning the station premises and its surroundings. Under Swachhta Pakhwada, through comprehensive and massive cleanliness drives, awareness on how to keep the premises clean and healthy, shramdaan activities, etc. will be done to attain pristine appearance of all stations across Western Railway.