Dustbins on train on heritage Kalka-Shimla route
Tourists travelling on the heritage Kalka-Shimla rail section will soon find garbage-free tracks with the railways installing special dustbins on the Shivalik Express that passes through the area.
Non bio-degradable garbage like plastic containers and bottles thrown by passengers are spoiling the environment and scenic beauty of the over century-old rail line that passes through the hills between Kalka and Shimla covering 102 tunnels.
"Keeping in view the world heritage status bestowed on Kalka–Shimla section, the Ambala division has designed and fabricated a dustbin, which has been fixed in all coaches of the Shivalik Express that runs on the track," Y P Singh, Divisional Railway Manager, Northern Railways, Ambala, said today.
He said the dustbin has been designed in such a way that it can easily be fitted under the collapsible snacks table without causing any hindrance to the passengers.
"The dustbin can be tilted to remove garbage without any problem. This will go a long way in preserving the rich environment as well as scenic beauty of Kalka–Shimla section by keeping the surroundings neat and clean," he said.
Singh said that 250 such dustbins have been ordered for fixing the same in two rakes of Shivalik Express. This facility will also be extended to other passenger trains, he said.
"This is the first-of-its-kind step as such dustbins have not been provided inside coaches on any passenger train in India," he said, adding the division would also try to get a patent for this dustbin.