The Indian Railways will observe Cleanliness Week between 10 August 2020 and August 15, 2020 to mark the Independence Day. The week will give the message of significance of cleanliness.

Through Cleanliness week, the Railways is to launch special cleanliness drive that will focus on cleanliness in the station offices, tracks, worksites, colonies and other areas in and around railway stations. The guide will focus on plastic waste collection from the tracks.

Indian Railways has launched several initiatives to ensure hygiene and cleanliness in the trains and Railway station toilets.

8 Major Cleanliness initiatives of Railways

Bio Toilets

Railways intensified the pace of installation of bio toilets in the coaches. This was done to avoid the waste from falling on the platform lines and tracks. Under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan scheme the Ministry of Railways (Piyush Goyal) had planned to replace all the toilets in the broad-gauge coaching fleet by 2019.

Coach Mitra

Railways launched ‘Coach Mitra’ in around one thousand on Board Housekeeping Service. It is a single window system to register coach related needs of the passengers. The requirements might include disinfection, cleaning, train lighting, air conditioning, etc.

The other cleanliness initiatives are as follows

  • Adding dust bins and health faucets in all coaches
  • Separate toilets for male and female at the Railway stations
  • Pay and Use Toilets facility at Railway Stations
  • Swachhta Pakhwada (Under Swachh Bharat Mission): These were cleanliness drives that created awareness about cleanliness standards of trains and railway stations.
  • Railways Ministry deployed machineries and improved mechanised cleaning in about 520 railway stations.
  • On Board Housekeeping Service was provided in more than 1050 pairs of trains.

Stations Cleanliness Survey Report, 2019

In order to keep periodic checks on the success of the initiatives launched, Railways launched third party audit and cleanliness ranking. The Railway Stations Cleanliness Survey Report was one such report that scored and ranked the stations. According to the report, the top 3 cleanest railway stations include Jodhpur, Jaipur and Durgapura.

Railways to observe Cleanliness Week