New Delhi: Taking ahead its cleanliness drive, Railways has asked officials to to visit airports, five-star hotels and corporate hospitals to learn best "upkeep practices".
The Railway Board has issued a set of guidelines to all Zonal Railways for inviting tenders for engaging reputed agencies for the purpose of outsourcing of cleanliness at 50 major railway stations.
According to the guidelines, "The Medical Officers/ Commercial Officers who are in-charge of station cleanliness and Chief Health Inspectors (CHIs) should visit well maintained public places like airports, five-star hotels and corporate hospitals to observe and learn from their upkeep practices."
Flooded with complaints of about lack of cleanliness and unhygienic conditions at rail premises, Railways has decided to engage private agencies to keep the stations, platforms and trains clean.
Eyeing a changeover, Railways has sought steam cleaners to be used by contractors to remove stains from all smooth surfaces such as floors, walls, wash-basins and urinals.
The guidelines emphasize use of bio-enzyme products to kill bad odour in urinals and in concrete aprons on the tracks.
Agencies will be selected through tendering process, said a senior Railway Ministry official.
Some of the general guidelines are cleanliness contract should be an integrated contract covering the entire station which shall include the whole geographical area of the station covering tracks, platforms, all parts of the building, concourse, approach road and parking area.
The scope of the cleanliness contracts shall include all areas and aspects of cleanliness - cleaning of the entire station area including tracks, rag picking, disinfection, pest and rodent control, garbage collection, segregation of waste and disposal.
The guidelines have specified that pest and rodent control should be an integral part of the integrated cleanliness contract.
It has also sought regular supervision of the contractors of AC waiting halls on platforms, vehicle parking lots, loading and unloading of parcels and catering units in the station should be undertaken.
Fifty major stations have been selected for integrated cleanliness contract. Among them are Nasik Road, Howrah, Sealdah, Patna, Mughalsarai, Bhubaneswar, New Delhi, Delhi, Varanasi, Lucknow, Allahabad, Kanpur, Kathgodam, Jaipur, Chennai Central, Mumbai Central Main, Bandra Terminus and Bhopal.