In a bid to improve cleanliness on suburban railway stations, the Western Railway (WR) has mooted a proposal of increasing the fine for spitting and littering on railway stations.
Additional divisional railway manager Saurabh Prasad on Friday said they have proposed to increase the fine from Rs100 to Rs200, so it can be a deterrent and improve cleanliness at the stations.
Prasad was addressing mediapersons on the occasion of the ongoing Indian Railway’s nationwide Swachhata Saptah, at the divisional railway manager’s office at Mumbai Central along with the railway board’s executive director (environment and house-keeping) Ashish Bakare.
Bakare said that the railway board has set a fine of up to Rs500 fine for spitting and littering on stations since last year. But, the zonal railways has to take a call on how much the fine should be, considering local conditions.
WR officials said the proposal is under the active consideration of divisional railway manager Mukul Jain, while another senior railway official said that the proposal will need a nod from the railway board.
Station superintendents and ticket checkers are authorised to fine people. An official said that daily they fine 100 to 120 people on suburban stations for littering or spitting, but the fine is not working as a deterrent.
“We had carried out an anti-littering drive during the ongoing cleanliness week, in which we fined 868 cases and collected a fine of Rs86,800,”said Prasad, adding that within a couple of months, they are going to start segregation of solid waste for which new dust bins for dry and wet waste would be made available on suburban stations.
WR officials said plastic bottles thrown by passengers was a major problem for them but the plastic bottle-crusher machine had helped out. The railways is now putting up nine more machines on few more stations before October end.
Bakare said that based on the all-India survey about cleanliness conducted last year at more than 400 stations under the A1 and A category, the railway board have sent two-page instructions to each station about things needed to improve, including seven stations in Mumbai.
WR officials said they have increased the men and machinery for cleaning at Mumbai Central, Dadar and Bandra stations.
In the cleanliness drive carried out by both the railways from September 17 to 25, till now 868 commuters were booked by Western Railway and Rs 86, 800 fine was collected as fine; while Central Railway (CR) booked 1099 commuters and recovered Rs 3 lakhs as fine.