A major sweep, literally, of Assam’s train tracks and stations is on in promoting an ODF ‘green corridor’
North East Frontier Railway’s first ‘green corridor’ will be commissioned in the Chaparmukh-Silghat Town section in Assam, officials said. The officials said various initiatives are being taken and implemented by the North East Frontier Railway towards fulfilling the goal of a Swachh Bharat under the leadership of the Railway Minister. The 81-km Chaparmukh – Silghat town section is planned to be converted into a discharge free Green Corridor within June this year. Four more sections: Rangiya – Murkongselek (448 kms including Naharlagun, Dekargaon and Bhalukpong), Badarpur – Agartala (225 km), Silchar – Jiribam (50 km) and Silchar - Bhairabi (83 km) are also proposed to be converted into Green Corridor within this
They further said 2,990 environment friendly, zero discharge bio-toilets have been fitted in 865 coaches within NF Railway. All coaches are expected to be fitted with bio-toilets by the year 2019-20. On Board Housekeeping Services (OBHS) for maintaining cleanliness of coaches on board has been provided in 50 pairs of trains. More trains will be provided with this facility shortly.
“Vigorous efforts are being made to build up awareness about cleanliness in trains, stations, railway colonies and offices. Special drives are conducted in this regard. Street plays are staged, posters displayed and public address system in stations are being used to make people aware of the virtue of cleanliness. Various organisations like Rotary Club, Sant Nirankari Charitable Foundation, NGOs, Scouts & Guides are also associated with railways effort to build up awareness,”’ the officials said here.
In the latest all India survey report on cleanliness which was declared few days back, Rangiya station in Assam has secured 7th position among “A” category stations, an improvement of 71 places in comparison to last year. Similarly, Guwahati station has secured 18th position among “A1” category station an improvement of 55 places from last year. Other important stations like Lumding, New Coochbehar, Alipurduar junctions have also improved their positions in comparison to last year.
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