Massive Cleanliness Drive by ECoR – 11319 Persons fined and Rs.7,44,610 collected

East Coast Railway has taken a massive awareness campaign o­n cleanliness and also imposed fine for the violations. During the cleanliness and anti-spitting drive in ECoR jurisdiction, 11319 persons have been fined so far for spitting and littering in Railway premises. An amount of Rupees 7,44,610/-have been collected as fine.

Spitting and littering entails now a fine of Rs. 100/- at ‘A1’ Class Stations like Bhubaneswar, Puri and Visakhapatnam, Rs.50/- at ‘A’ Class Stations like Bhadrak, Brahmapur, Cuttack, Jajpur-Keonjhar Road, Khurda Road, Palasa, Rayagada, Srikakulam Road, Vizianagaram and Sambalpur and Rs. 30/- will be charged at rest of the stations under East Coast Railway jurisdiction.

In the new Rule 2012 of Indian Railways o­n Prohibition of Activities Affecting Cleanliness and Hygiene in the Railway Premises, Persons Contravening Rules can be Punished with a Fine upto Rs. 500/-. The Ministry of Railways has issued a notification containing rules o­n prohibition of activities affecting cleanliness and hygiene in the Railway premises along with penalties for contravention of these rules. The Indian Railways (Penalties for activities affecting cleanliness at Railway premises) Rules 2012 have been notified in the Extraordinary Gazette of India, Part II, Section 3, Sub-section (i) vide Gazette Notification no. GSR 846(E) dt. 26.11.2012.

Under these notified rules, no person shall (i) throw or deposit litter in any occupied or unoccupied Railway premises or the carriage except in authorised places; (ii) cook, bathe, spit, urinate, defecate, feed animal or birds, repair or wash vehicles, washing utensils or clothes or any other objects or keep any type of storage in any Railway premises except in such facilities or conveniences specifically provided for any of these purposes; (iii) paste or put up any poster or write or draw anything or matter in any compartment or carriage of the Railway or any premises thereof, without any lawful authority; (iv) indulge in defacing Railway property.

Authorised Vendors/hawkers will make necessary arrangements to keep a container or waste basket for collecting litter and proper disposal of its contents. Whosoever contravenes any of the provisions of these rules or fails to comply with such provisions shall be punished with a fine which shall not exceed five hundred rupees.