Pune rail receives 700 complaints of unclean, unhygenic coaches since January
Many passengers have now taken to social media to report the problems caused due to the lack of cleanliness in train coaches.pune Updated: Sep 12, 2017 14:42 IST
Even as the railway administration has made cleanliness a priority, the problem of unclean and unhygenic train coaches continue to irk passengers travelling in long distance trains.
Since January, the Pune Division has received over 700 complaints of unclean, unhygenic coaches. Many passengers have now taken to social media to report the problems caused due to the lack of cleanliness in train coaches.
Speaking about the issue, a passenger, Shruti Raut said, "I was recently travelling from Pune to Chennai and faced a lot of inconvenience. The AC coach in which I was travelling was not clean and there was litter lying around. I had read about the 'Clean My Coach' initiative and sent a message accordingly, but nobody came to clean the coach."
Another passenger Karan Singh also shared similar views.
"I was once given dirty blankets and bedsheets while travelling to Nagpur and while travelling to Bihar from Pune. Since then, I prefer carrying my own bedsheet and blanket," he added.
Speaking about the problem of dirty coaches, activist Nitin Parmar said, “I travel daily between Pune and Karjat and have observed that coaches are not cleaned regularly by the private contractors who have outsourced the work. Also, trains wait just for 5 to 10 minutes. Due to the heavy rush, only passengers manage to get in or get out of the train. The cleaners are often unable to board the coach and clean it in such a short time.”
Parmar further stated that many a times, the house keeping staff in trains are seen throwing garbage in the ghat sections. This must be prevented. The staff is expected to carry garbage bags and hand over the collected garbage at the station, but instead, it gets thrown in the ghat section. He also added that in many short distance trains like those plying on the Pune-Mumbai route, there are no dustbins, which should also be provided.
When contacted, the spokesperson from Pune railway division, Manoj Jhawar, said, "Pune division receives two to four calls daily for cleaning coaches. But none of these calls are from trains originating from Pune. Most of the requests for coach cleaning come from long distance trains originating from other divisions and passing through Pune."