Lucknow (LKO): It came as a rude shock for a GRP personnel at Charbagh station when not only railway officers but hordes of press photographers started chasing him out of nowhere.
The officer, posted at the pre-paid booking booth, had no clue why they were shouting at him, telling him to “hold on”. He tried to flee but was caught and fined Rs 500. His crime: urinating behind a police booth on the station premises.
The GRP officer was not the only one to be penalised for peeing in public on Wednesday. Under a surprise drive launched by the railways, 117 people were presented before the railway magistrate and fined for the same act. Seven passengers who refused to pay the fine were sent to jail. Besides, 112 others were fined for littering the station, under Operation Clean, a part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
Railways plans to launch surprise inspections and drives to get hold of passengers or visitors smoking at the station, roaming without platform tickets or littering. The maximum fine amount is Rs 500 and those refusing to pay are sent to jail.
On Wednesday, defaulters were photographed by the checking team and filmed so that they could not deny the charge in front of the railway magistrate.
“Defaulters pay fine and get off the hook. This time, they were all presented before the railway magistrate. Sitting for hours at the station might make them realise their responsibility of keeping the public premises clean,” said senior divisional commercial manager, Northern Railway, Lucknow, Ashwini Srivastava.
The drive was executed from morning till evening. “Among all defaulters, the maximum were caught for urinating on the premises,” said the official.
“The entire station was divided into five sectors for the drive and the number of people we caught today is the highest for a day so far,” said divisional commercial manager, NR, Lucknow, Amitabh Kumar.
There are checks on platforms, circulating area, subway, foot-over-bridges, waiting halls, pathways leading into the station premises, parcel office and other parts of the station.
Information boards at Charbagh station warn passengers to keep the station clean or face a penalty. Officers said similar boards would now be put up outside the station in the circulating area and pathways.