NGOS, volunteers to help rly authorities in cleanliness drive

  • Vandana Singh, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Sep 30, 2014 15:06 IST

The city railway station will organise a cleanliness drive to mark the 150th birth anniversary of the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi, following the Central government’s decision to celebrate the entire week as Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, under which, all government institutions will be properly cleaned.

To make sure it’s not just a formality, the Indian railways headquarters has asked the railway officials to send pictures of their respective offices, which is the reason officials were found clicking pictures of the station premises on Monday.

Preparations have already begun, for which, the railway department has also invited nongovernment organisations (NGO) to participate in the drive.

On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti on October 2, authorities at the railway station will take a pledge to make Swacch Bharat Abhiyan a successful event. The officials from the railway headquarter will also inspect the station to check impact of the programme.

Pradeep Kumar, health inspector, Ludhiana station, said, “Though the entire week is being celebrated as Swacch Bharat Abhiyan week, we will hold the cleanliness drive on October 2. NGOs and volunteers have been invited to take part in the drive and we are identifying different areas which should be properly cleaned.”

Ravinder Kumar Sharma, station superintendent, said, “NGOs like Save My Ludhiana has started providing t-shirts, banners and other things to motivate residents for the campaign. People throwing garbage here and there are also being challaned.”

Lauding the initiative, passengers say the department should also take of cleanliness and hygiene in washrooms and waiting rooms of the station.

Ravinder Singh, a passenger said, “We hope that after the cleanliness drive, the condition of toilets and waiting rooms will improve.”

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