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From May, trains to be washed every 10 days

mumbai Updated: Apr 08, 2010 00:58 IST
Shashank Rao
Shashank Rao
Hindustan Times
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If this proposal goes through, the foul-smelling trains on the Western Railway will be cleaned more regularly.

Starting May, the WR authorities plan to clean their trains every 10 days, instead of the present schedule of 40 days.

The railway authorities have introduced new jet spraying machines at the Kandivli and Mumbai Central car sheds. These machines help them to clean the trains efficiently and curb use of excess water.

“At present, two trains are washed once in 40 days. Now with the help of jet spraying machines we can ensure that at least trains are cleaned more often,” said G. Pillai, divisional railway manager, WR. “The scheme is in the tender
process but we are sure that we would certainly cut down the quantum of water used for cleaning.”

The force, with which water gushes out of the machine, makes it possible for the authorities to clean the train with lesser quantum of water. There are 80 trains run by the WR in service. It takes around 1,600-litres of water to clean them, while the jet spraying machines would utilise only 1,100 litres of water.

“We expect to save at least 20 per cent of water using these machines,” said an official from WR. They have also called tenders asking private contractors to identify bore wells between Churchgate and Virar at an initial cost of Rs 63 crore.

The WR doesn’t expect the BMC to withdraw the 30 per cent water cuts imposed as the city is facing a severe water shortage. “We are digging bore wells due to the present water shortage faced by everyone,” added Pillai.

The Central Railway (CR) has started using mechanised jet sprayers for cleaning both interiors and external part of outstation trains. They have been washing one local train every 30 days. The Central Railway has a fleet of 110 suburban trains.

“With the introduction of jet spraying machines, we expect to clean each train every 15 days,” said CR chief PRO, S Mudgerikar. These machines would be placed at the Kurla, Kalwa and Sanpada car sheds.