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Kalyan station ranks third in 10 most dirtiest railway stations across India

Authorities say commuters are responsible for this mess

mumbai Updated: May 24, 2018 00:13 IST
Priyanka Dhomse
Priyanka Dhomse
Hindustan Times
Kalyan station, which is a junction, sees 5 lakh commuters a day. (Rishikesh Chaudhary )

Enter the Kalyan railway station and all you can see around you is litter. Plastic and paper wrappers, bottles and food crumbs are strewn not only around platform. Commuters go about hardly bothered. Often, they are the ones who litter the station and do not follow basic hygiene.

No wonder then that Kalyan station ranks third in the 10 most dirtiest railway stations in the country.

In a survey by Indian Railways, the findings showed Thane at eight spot and Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, Kurla, at fifth spot.

“As the station sees a huge crowd every day, there should be regular cleaning of the premises. One hardly sees any railway official inspecting the station,” said Prashant Badhe, 30, a resident of Bhavani Nagar, Kalyan.

The officials from the Kalyan railway station cite lack of sanitary workers. Garbage is usually seen dumped at the entry and exits points of the station.

“We have only 30 sanitary workers, who have been hired on a contract. Six months ago, we demanded 100 sanitary workers from the railway authority. We still haven’t got more,” said a senior official on anonymity.

People can also be seen washing hands on the platform after eating and leaving the empty packets behind.

Shyam Ubale, 42, general secretary of Kalyan-Kasara-Karjat Railway Passengers’ Association, said, “Due to a spar between the contractors and the station administration over payment, cleaning is not done regularly. The premises is cleaned only once in two to three months.”

Kalyan station, which is a junction, sees 5 lakh commuters a day. A halt for most long-distance train makes it more crowded. “Every month, the railways spends Rs8 to Rs10 lakh on equipment and manpower to clean the station. Although dustbins are installed across the platforms, there are many who litter. Commuters cooperation is important in keeping the station premises clean,” said a railway official.

The tracks between platforms number 5, 6 and 7, are near the public toilets. They are strewn with waste. Foot overbridges are filled with pan stains.

“Lack of compound walls around the station premises leads to defecation on tracks. It’s easy trespass for people living around the station. The railways authority should address this urgently,” said Ubale.

First Published: May 24, 2018 00:13 IST