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Western Railway to get new dustbins

Taking its clean-up drive a step ahead by buying dustbins to install on platforms, the Western Railway (WR) is also ensuring that it does not compromise on security.

mumbai Updated: Oct 28, 2010 01:49 IST
Shashank Rao

Taking its clean-up drive a step ahead by buying dustbins to install on platforms, the Western Railway (WR) is also ensuring that it does not compromise on security.

The WR has placed orders for 1,100 litre green bins — more than five times the size of regular bins — at Rs 11,000 per bin. It plans to place two each at isolated spots on all 28 stations between Churchgate and Virar.

“These dustbins will be kept in secluded places on platforms from where the officials or railway police can constantly monitor them,” said a senior WR official requesting anonymity.

The Western Railway authorities are ensuring that the dustbins do not pose a security threat, especially with US President Barack Obama visiting the city next week.

The WR is also placing regular-sized 200-litre bins for Rs 1,200 each, which will be transparent for security reasons.

After the 26/11 terror attacks, the railway authorities had taken away all steel bins from platforms, except those maintained by food stalls.

“The 200-litre transparent bins will be kept at regular intervals on all platforms, while the two 1,100-litre bins will be placed on the east and west of every station at secluded locations,” said S Chandrayan, chief public relations officer, WR.

The plan is to collect the garbage from all transparent bins into the 1,100-litre dustbins, from where the trash will be transferred to the municipal corporation’s garbage trucks.

At least 10 kg of waste is found inside trains on the western line, mostly in the luggage compartment and second-class compartments.

The WR will also place 400-litre dustbins, bought for Rs 3,000 per bin, at four places on stations from where local trains start and terminate.