With rodents making railway maintenance yards their home, Western Railway (WR) officials now plan to play the role of the Pied Piper. They will be hunting for mice and rats that have dug burrows at the Bandra and Mumbai Central yards where long-distance trains are brought for cleaning.
With complaints of cockroaches and rodent scurrying about inside trains on the rise, the WR has signed a Rs. 1.2-crore contract with a pest control agency.
“We found that the rats enter train compartments at the yard itself,” said a WR official, on condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media. “So, we have asked the contractor to block all the burrows at the yards.”
Also, pesticides and rat traps would be used for catching the rodents. The doors of the coaches will be shut while they are parked in the yards, he said.
The contractor has been asked to conduct checks and use pesticides at the maintenance yards once a fortnight.
“We have appointed the Central Warehousing Corporation for pest control,” said Sharat Chandrayan, chief PRO, WR.
The WR till now was carrying out pest control only inside trains. Rat traps were placed beneath berths and nearly 1,000 rats were trapped inside the Rajdhani trains in the past year.