Trains passing through Delhi to be cleaned and disinfected

In a move to ensure cleanliness on trains, Railways have launched a new scheme here under which trains passing through the capital will be cleaned and disinfected during the scheduled stoppage using mechanised equipment.

Last Updated: Oct 23, 2010, 20:20 PM IST

New Delhi: In a move to ensure
cleanliness on trains, Railways have launched a new scheme
here under which trains passing through the capital will be
cleaned and disinfected during the scheduled stoppage using
mechanised equipment.

The interior cleaning of coaches will be carried out
at the New Delhi station on about 30 to 40 trains including
Jhelum Express, Paschim Express, Punjab Mail and Swaraj
Express which pass through the New Delhi station.
At present, interior cleaning is undertaken at the
originating points.

The latest initiative called the `clean train station
scheme` was launched in New Delhi station today with
Amritsar-Nanded Sachkhand Express being the first train to be
cleaned.

"En-route cleaning of trains has been a major cause of
passenger dissatisfaction due to extensive use of toilets and
littering in trains during the journey. Under the new scheme,
pass through trains would be attended for interior cleaning of
coaches and watering during the schedule stoppages,"
Divisional Railway Manager (Delhi) Ashwini Lohani said.

Railways have roped in CTS Management Systems, a
private player to undertake the cleaning exercise with a
dedicated team engaged for the purpose.
The mechanised cleaning of toilets will be done using
portable high pressure jet machine while disinfectants and
mosquito repellents will be sprayed during the cleaning, he
said.

The doorsways, vestibule and aisles will also be
cleaned during.

About six men will be engaged in watering the trains
while three supervisors will oversee the work of the cleaning
exercise.

However, he said, trains passing through New Delhi
station between 10 pm and 6 am will be kept out of the
cleaning exercise so as not to inconvenience the sleeping
passengers.

So far, departmental cleaning was carried out on some
train, albeit on a smaller scale.

Sources said, if the scheme proves successful, it
could be extended to other stations in the city. They said
quality of services will be ensured by a sound inspection
mechanism to be done by railway supervisors and after
obtaining passenger feedback.

PTI