W.Rly OBSERVES “SWACHHTA PAKHWADA”
FROM 16TH TO 30th AUGUST, 2017
In accordance to the nationwide "Swachh Rail Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan - Swachhta Pakwada" is being celebrated from 16th Aug to 30th Aug 2017, Western Railway is also observing the fortnight long event to highlight the importance of cleanliness on Railways. During this period, Western Railway has organized several cleanliness campaigns including special drives on cleanliness at railway stations and trains with a focus on cleaning of Water Booths and quality of drinking water, cleaning of drains, adequacy of dustbins, garbage disposal, cleaning campaigns by associating NGOs and other Charitable Institutions, etc and an interaction with media. Further special attention would be given during the drive to identify the areas which are prone for uncleanliness and effective actions taken to get lasting improvement. This fortnight is being marked with various events and each day has been assigned with a special name for a specific area.
On 16thAug, the first day of 'Rail Swachhta Pakhwada', the theme was 'Swachh Awareness'. The day started with administering Swachhta pledge to Railway staff and safaikaramcharis. Prabhat Pheris were taken out in the morning at Headquarter office and at all divisional offices. Nukkad Nataks were organized with the help of NGO's, Religious bodies and Schools.
On 17th Aug, the second day of 'Rail Swachhta Pakhwada', the theme was 'Swachh Samwad' wherein the entire day was dedicated to cleanliness of the entire environment including general cleanliness of nominated railway stations. Seminars on sanitation and upkeep of railway stations were organized by involving NGOs, Charitable institutions, Scouts & Guides, unions and railway employees to undertake cleanliness drive on their nearest railway stations. Painting & Poster competitions on the theme of cleanliness were also organized in schools.
On 18th Aug, the third day of 'Rail Swachhta Pakhwada', the theme again will be 'Swachh Samwad' wherein the entire day would be dedicated to cleanliness of the entire environment including general cleanliness of nominated railway stations, railway colonies, rest houses, dormitories, running rooms, hospitals, health units, colleges and schools. Seminars & workshops on sanitation and upkeep of railway colonies and other institutions on railway premises will be organized. Anti littering notices on all the institutions on the railway premises will be displayed. Awareness will be made through Public Announcement Systems and through posters encouraging more use of paperless travel in all classes of travels. Feedback will be taken from travelling public regarding cleanliness awareness including messages on 139.
The fourth day i.e. 19th Aug, the theme will be 'Swachh Stations' and will be marked with intensive cleanliness drive at all A1 & A category stations. During this drive, the focus will be to ensure availability and working of cleaning machines, tools & plants, protective gears for cleaning staff, adequate provision of dustbins at stations etc. At A1 & A category stations, separate dustbins shall be provided for segregated collection of waste. Several campaigns such as 'fill the dustbin', 'donate the dustbin' for stations cleanliness shall also be undertaken.
The fifth day i.e. 20th Aug, the theme will be 'Swachh Stations' and will be marked with intensive cleanliness drive of all stations other than A1 & A category stations. During this drive, segregation of waste will be encouraged by setting up of separate dustbin. Plastic bottles crushers will be installed with CSR funding to avoid choking drain of water outlets. Efforts will be made to discourage use of plastics.
The 21st of Aug, the theme will be 'Swachh Railgadi wherein teams of officers and staff will ensure cleanliness onboard the trains through intensive inspections.
The 22nd of Aug, the theme will be 'Swachh Railgadi wherein teams of officers and staff will ensure cleanliness onboard the trains not covered on previous day, through intensive inspections. All trains will be inspected in the washing line, at Railway Yards and also at stations, including checks on toilets, quality of linen. Suggestions/feedback shall also be obtained from passengers and immediate action will be initiated.
On 23rd Aug, the theme will be 'Swachh Parisar', wherein intensive drives will be undertaken to clean-up and improve circulating areas of station premises, work places including hospitals, schools, coaching depots and lobbies. It will be ensured to provide required amenities in the circulating areas of station complexes and unauthorized encroachments, if any will be removed. Cleaning of all drains at stations and other units shall also be undertaken.
On 24th Aug, the theme will be 'Swachh Parisar' in residential premises, wherein intensive drives will be undertaken to clean-up residential premises including railway colonies, retiring/waiting rooms, rest houses and dormitories, running rooms etc. Drives will be taken to clean of garbage with special care in areas which are normally ignored. Participation under CSR will be called for setting up waste to energy plants in railway colonies. Railway hospitals, public health units will be cleant intensively. Segregation of waste will be given a push. Children will be encouraged to keep the premises clean. Beautification of the premises especially in railway colonies, hospitals etc. will be done by pruning of trees, plantation and landscaping.
On 25th Aug, the theme will be 'Swachh Aahar' to provide clean and hygienic environment at static and mobile catering units. Intensive cleaning of all canteens at all A1, A & B category stations will be taken. Loose food samples will be checked at the stations and on board trains.
On 26th Aug, the theme will be Swachh Aahar' where alongwith station vending units, intensive cleaning will be undertaken in all pantry cards in trains. All catering units will ensure to provide clean and hygienic food and environment at static and mobile catering units, restaurants, food stalls and other catering services at stations as well as pantry cars in trains. Samples of food shall be taken for checking and feedback of passengers will be obtained on the quality of food served.
The 27th August, the theme will be 'Swachh Neer' with intensive inspection of all water installations including filter plants, sources of water supply, water taps for drinking water, water vending machines, water coolers at stations and for availability of water in trains.
The 28th August, the theme will be 'Swachh Neer' with intensive inspection of all water installations in offices, railway colonies, hospitals, health units and schools. The emphasis will be to ensure that quality portable water is made available for passengers and there is no shortage of water supply at any of passenger service location like waiting rooms, retiring rooms, platforms, trains etc. Inspection of water vending machines, water coolers will be undertaken for cleaning and samples will be collected to check the quality of water. Efforts will be made for setting up of train harvesting plants and recycling plants will be strengthened. It will be ensured that there is no problem of water stagnation anywhere in railway premises.
On 29th August, the theme will be 'Swachh Prasadhan' which intensive cleaning of all toilet blocks at railway stations, coaching depots, trains and surrounding areas will be undertaken. It will also be ensured that there is adequate water supply and defective pipe and drainage system will be attended to. People will be encouraged to desist from open defecation in approach areas to railway stations or on tracks.
On 30th August, the theme will be 'Swachh Competition'. A competition will be held and commendation will be given to those units like Workshops, Loco Sheds, Coaching & Trade Depots, Car Sheds, Railway colonies & office buildings which are found regularly clean. This will inculcate a habit of cleanliness among the employees. Supervisors/staff working on cleaning activities will be suitably recognized.