To commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Western Railway has planned a massive cleanliness drive at all stations of Western Railway in September 2019. However, various cleanliness activities are being held on regular basis at railway premises over Western Railway.

Under the guidance of A.K. Gupta – General Manager of Western Railway, one such cleanliness drive was executed recently with the Swachhta Awareness Campaign at Bandra Terminus station in association with Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL). The drive was implemented under the Swachh Rail – Swachh Bharat mission.

According to a press release issued by WR CPRO Ravinder Bhakar, the regular cleanliness drives primarily focuses on intensive cleaning of all A1 and A category stations on Western Railway. Special emphasis is being given to the untouched areas of all station premises. These regular cleanliness drives ensure cleaning of all drains at stations, platforms and tracks.

Mechanised cleaning using Jet machine is used for cleaning of railway tracks. Areas such as pillars and walls dirtied with pan spits, Foot Over Bridges and water fountains are also done under such cleanliness drives. Western Railway also makes regular announcements through PA system for passengers to help in keeping the station premises and trains clean. Through strict checks, fine is also imposed on commuters who are found littering in station premises.

Bhakar stated that beside these regular cleaning drives towards cleaner stations, a massive cleanliness drive in the form of Swachhta Pakhwada from 16th September to 2nd October, 2019 will be observed all over Western Railway. The Swachhta Pakhwada will be organised with a view to ensure visible and tangible improvement in cleanliness at all railway premises such as stations, trains, offices, colonies, workshops, maintenance depots, hospitals.

On 16th September, 2019 the first day of Swachhta Pakhwada, the theme will be ‘Swachh Awareness’. The day will start with administering Swachhta pledge to Railway staff, their families & safaikaramcharis. On 17th and 18th September, the theme will be ‘Swachh Samwad’. There will be cleanliness dialogue with public and inhouse respectively. The theme for 19thand 20th September, will be ‘Swachh Stations’ and will be marked with intensive cleanliness drives at all stations. On 21st and 22ndSeptember, 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, etc. On 24th & 25th September, the theme will be ‘Swachh Aahar’ to provide clean and hygienic environment at catering units. On 26th  & 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 etc. 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 etc. 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.

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