In a move to ensure cleanliness on trains, the Indian Railways have launched a new scheme. According to the latest system, trains passing through the Capital will be cleaned and disinfected during their scheduled stoppage using mechanised equipment.
Interior cleaning of coaches will be carried out at the New Delhi station on around 30 to 40 trains, including Jhelum Express, Paschim Express, Punjab Mail and Swaraj Express.
At present, interior cleaning is undertaken at the originating points. The latest initiative — ‘clean train station scheme’ — was launched in New Delhi station on Saturday. Amritsar-Nanded Sachkhand Express was the first train to be cleaned on the inaugural day.
“Under the new scheme, trains will be cleaned up, which will include interior cleaning of coaches and watering, during scheduled stoppages,” Divisional Railway Manager (Delhi) Ashwini Lohani said.
The Railways have roped in CTS Management Systems, a private player to undertake the cleaning exercise with a dedicated team engaged for the purpose.
The mechanised cleaning of toilets will be done using portable high pressure jet machines while disinfectant and mosquito repellents will be sprayed during the cleaning, he said.
The doorsways, vestibule and aisles will also be cleaned during the process.
As many as six men will be engaged in watering the trains while three supervisors will oversee the work of the cleaning exercise.
However, he said, trains passing through New Delhi station between 10 pm and 6 am will be kept out of the cleaning exercise so as not to cause inconvenience to passengers while they are asleep. So far, departmental cleaning was carried out on some train, albeit on a smaller scale.
Sources said if the scheme proves successful, it could be extended to other stations in the city. Quality of services will be ensured by a sound inspection mechanism to be done by railway supervisors and after obtaining passenger feedback, sources added.