BILASPUR: The South East Central Railway (SECR) will put up Braille signages in a total of 331 coaches at its Coaching Department in Bilaspur soon, officials informed.
In May this year, SECR also emerged as the ‘Cleanest Railway Zone’ in the country.
Notably, Union Minister of Railways, Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu released Third Party Audit Report on Station Cleanliness and inaugurated ‘Swachh Rail Portal’ in New Delhi recently, an
official press release of the Union Railway Ministry informed.
Vishakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and Beas in Punjab is the Cleanest Station in A1, ‘A’ Category stations respectively. Khammam station secured 2nd Rank in Station Cleanliness in ‘A’ Category from 285 Rank in the previous year.
Union Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain was specially present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu said that Indian Railways started third party Cleanliness Index of Stations since last year.
Railways have accomplished a significant improvement in cleanliness at station. This index instills competitive spirit among the stations. The biggest challenge for cleanliness at the platforms is visitors along with the passengers, even the toilets are used by large number of visitors who are not Railway travellers, he said.
However, Railways have to move forward. The focus is on Platform cleanliness, coach cleanliness, toilets cleanliness in the coach and track cleanliness. Railways have introduced Clean My Coach services which is getting overwhelming response of the passengers, Four green corridors have been marked which are free from discharge of human waste. I urge the municipal corporation of the cities which have encroachments to come forward and cooperate in eliminating human waste from the tracks, Prabhu said.
He said that Vishakhapatnam has emerged as the winner in Cleanliness Index by securing Ist position in A1 category, Beas has emerged as Ist winner in ‘A’ category station.
Guwahati, Varanasi, Mughalsarai and Hazrat Nizamuddhin Station have shown tremendous improvements.
Prabhu said that lot of NGO’s, Students groups have come forward to clean and beautify their stations.