The usual sight of rag pickers picking up objects lying on railway tracks might change if the latest idea of the Central Railway turns out to be doable.
The CR has called for private contractors for cleaning and maintaining the railway station premises.
The private contractors, which will be selected through a tendering process and in their two year contract will have to use mechanised cleaning machines such as a vacuum cleaner, CR officials said.
These vacuum cleaners, unlike the ones used at homes, will have wider opening and help picking up papers and plastic covers, leaving the stones.
CR will first implement this method at Thane station in the next one month and if it turns out to be successful then it would be followed at other major stations such as Dadar, Kurla and Kalyan by end of this year.
Other electronic devices such as floor or platform cleaning machine, electronic broom and jet spray are part also this Rs 1.2 crore project.
“Vacuum cleaner can be used by the private contractor if it is feasible for him. It has certain limitations like being connected to an electric point and its capacity to hold onto the quantum of garbage collected is limited,” said S. Mudgerikar, chief public relations officer, CR.
For nearly a fortnight now, Thane station premises are lacking proper cleanliness and hygiene, as the two year contract with private contractors expired on July 19. Train commuters too have complained about the condition of the station.
However, the CR claims that they are doing everything possible for the upkeep of the station premises.
“We have assigned 30 staff members for the cleaning and maintenance purpose at Thane station since the term of private contractor ended,” added Mudgerikar.