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Swacch Railways: Platforms at NDLS cleaner than before, tracks still remain a mess

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By Ishan Kukreti

With Modi government’s ‘Swacch Bharat’ campaign about to be an year old, NewsGram decided to take a look at the cleanliness at New Delhi Railway Station (NDLS).

Indian Railways too has taken up the task of improving sanitation facilities and maintaining a clean environment at the stations, and recently tweets to Railways minister Suresh Prabhu point towards the same.

 

NDLS, however, was a bitter-sweet experience. While the platforms were clean as they have never been in decades, the old familiar sight of littered rubbish was not completely absent.

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Travelers too felt that the level of neatness maintained at the platforms was unprecedented but the usual railways stench remained.

According to a station sweeper, who chose to remain anonymous, a lot has improved since last year. However, he felt that a lot more could be done if there was an increase in the staff.

“I am the only one cleaning this platform and the one on the other side. It’s not possible for a single person to manage the whole length and breadth on his own.”

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However, the tracks, which are cleaned by private contractors, present the same disgusting sight as always. As a result, though the platforms were clean, the choking stink of feces, rotten food and trash of all kinds from the tracks made it unbearable to stand still at one place.

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“Tracks are cleaned after the departure of each train. However, as there are a lot of trains going in and out of this station, it makes maintaining sanitation and cleanliness very difficult,” said Ravindra Verma, Health Inspector, New Delhi Railway Station.

While the government is doing its part, the public using the service too has to be conscientious. Urinating on the tracks and littering are not things that can be blamed on the government. A Swachh Bharat can only be a reality if the citizens and the government both collaborate, cooperate and understand their responsibility.

 

 

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PM Modi in Varanasi: Sanitation is worship, Cleanliness Is a Way to Serve the Poor

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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi addresses the gathering, at Shahanshahpur, Varanasi Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh on September 23, 2017.

Varanasi, Sep 23 :  Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing a public gathering in Varanasi said that sanitation is worship for him, as it can rid the poor of various diseases.

The gathering was largely attended by people on the second day of his Varanasi visit. Modi visited, Shahanshahpur a village of his Lok Sabha constituency. Where he laid the foundation stone of a public toilet in the area.

“That is because sanitation is also a kind of worship for me. It will rid the poor of my country of various diseases and the economic burden due to those diseases that result from dirty surroundings,” he said while addressing people there.

He said while no one likes garbage, everyone in India shies away from the responsibility of keeping their surroundings clean.

“It is the responsibility of every citizen and every family to keep their surroundings clean so we are able to build clean villages, clean cities and a clean nation,” Modi said.

The Prime Minister urged people to take one resolution each, to improve the nation by 2022. The year will also mark the 75 years of independence.

“In the coming five years, we have to be committed towards that resolution. If 125 crore people take one resolution each and live up to it, then the nation would move 125 crore steps forward in the next five years,” he said.

(IANS)