Railways rapped for not checking litter on tracks

Hyderabad: National Green Tribunal on Tuesday pulled up the Railways for its failure to check littering on tracks near New Delhi railway station, saying “you are creating havoc in the society”.

“We have one of the greatest heritage in the world. What will the people coming capital think about the state of affairs in the country. At least you all do some work honestly,” a bench, headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said.

The bench was hearing a plea seeking a blanket ban on use and sale of plastic products on railway platforms across the country besides imposing a ban on open defecation by people around the tracks.

The green panel asked the railways’ counsel to show how many people were fined for throwing garbage on railway tracks as directed by it earlier.

The counsel submitted that although some people were fined by the authorities but most of them were poor, unwilling and incapable to pay the fine imposed by the tribunal for throwing garbage on tracks.