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Indian Railways' Delhi Division launches cleaning operations at 33 stations
The Delhi Division of India's railway network has launched a cleaning operation focusing on 33 stations, following a directive by the National Green Tribunal. This will include the mechanised cleaning of station premises, drains, rag-picking and rubbish disposal as well as rag-picking a 75km-route length in the National Capital Region.
The Green Tribunal had directed the railway administration to initiate punitive action against people found littering in and around the station premises and along the tracks, reports the Economic Times.
Consequently, some 24,000 users were penalised for littering on railway premises during 2014-15 and a fine amounting to Rs 24 lakh was collected. A total of 68 slum dwellers along the tracks between New Delhi and Azadpur stations have also been issued with notices.
"Slums are major source of generation of filth, garbage and municipal solid waste. There are about 47,000 jhuggis on railway land in Delhi area itself," an industry source told the Economic Times reporter.
"Out of these, about 24,500 jhuggies lie in the safety zone (within 15 metres of the outermost track). There is accumulation of a large amount of garbage at all stretches wherever there are large jhuggi clusters in close vicinity of the tracks."
Image courtesy of BCCL/Economic Times
19th March 2015