Konkan Railway’s zero waste zone to start with Madgaon station

Madgaon (MAQ): Konkan Railway Corporation Limited (KRCL), during the rail passenger and customer facilitation fortnight observed by all zonal railways from May 26 to June 9, will step up its Swachh Bharat campaign by taking steps towards making Margao a ‘zero waste station’.

All waste at the Madgaon railway station will be converted suitably to green manure or energy. “For this, a compost plant has been installed at the station. Finally KRCL aims to achieve this for all the stations under its jurisdiction in Goa. It is also planned to install bio-toilets at all stations on the Konkan railway route. So far, bio-toilets have been installed at Kankavali, Sawantwadi, Chiplun, Karmali, Margao, Karwar and Byndoor stations,” a KRCL press release stated.

KRCL has already initiated collection of bio-degradable garbage from the pantry cars by paying an incentive of 50 per 20 kg to encourage collection of garbage and avoid littering on the tracks and stations by pantry car operators. “For any instance of littering or throwing of garbage in other than nominated areas by either the pantry car or the catering vendors, a fine of 50,000/- per instance is being realized by KRCL,” the statementsays.

During this fortnight, KRCL will imparting computer literacy skills to people in remote areas along the Konkan Railway route. Also, special ticket checking drives have been planned on KR route. Surprise as well as regular checks have been planned for catering services in trains and at stations. A special punctuality drive for trains is also organized for various trains.

For patients below poverty line, a special camp is being organized at Gokarna station through telemedicine. Medicine disbursement will also be arranged free of cost to these patients by KR. Career counseling for students of Class 10 and 12 has also been arranged.

Apart from the above, improvements in passenger amenities are also planned during the year 2015, which includes Wi-fi, escalators, widening of the platform, bio-toilets, additional line and food court at the Madgaon railway station.