Though hefty fines and strict vigil at Ludhiana Railway Station have prevented people from littering at the platform and tracks to an extent, the condition of toilets, water sinks and walls is in sad state of affairs.
When HT team visited the station on Wednesday, the condition of toilets was found to be pathetic with unbearable stench and flies.
A passenger, Babita, said, "The condition of the toilets is not good and it is difficult to relieve oneself in such insanitary conditions."
Despite heavy fines, passengers are still spitting on the walls near foot over bridges.
Besides, the condition of drinking water sinks on platform number 1 is deplorable. A passenger, Rohit Bhalla, said, "I am travelling from Ludhiana to Ambala for some work, and got down at Ludhiana station to drink water, but after seeing the condition of the water sink, I am not able to drink water and decided to purchase a water bottle."
Talking to Hindustan Times, station superintendent Yashwant Singh, said, "It is not possible to keep stations clean unless passengers, vendors and those using the premises contribute equally. If passengers and vendors will not throw anything on the platforms or tracks, the sanitation condition at the station will further improve. We have our own Class 4 employees and the higher authorities have engaged a private firm for the sanitation work. The vendors and Class 4 employees have been instructed to keep emptying bins at regular intervals. Even, the toilets are being cleaned from time to time."
Singh said, "Teams of railway police force (RPF) officials and ticket collectors have been formed to fine the offenders for littering. The fine will range between `100 and `500."
On being asked that how many passengers and vendors have been fined for littering in the past one year, he replied that I can't share the figures.
It is pertinent to mention here that on July 30, Mahavir Singh, assistant divisional railway manager, Ferozepur division, visited city railway station and fined seven passengers including a few vendors for littering on the platform and many were warned not to litter things and use dustbins only.
In all there are seven platforms at the railway station. Over 110 trains arrive and depart from the station daily.