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14711-09-2019
Kolkata
Indian Railways across the country is observing “Swachhta-Hi-Seva Pakhwada” from 11th September to 2nd October

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Indian Railways across the country is observing “Swachhta-Hi-Seva Pakhwada” from 11th September to 2ndOctober

Plastic bottle crushers to be installed at all A1 and A category stations before 2ndOctober, 2019

New Delhi, 11thSeptember, 2019

Ministry of Railways is observing ‘Swachhta-Hi-Seva Pakhwada’ across its entire network from11thSeptember to 2ndOctober. Hon’ble Prime Minister of India at an event o­n Swachhta Hi Seva (SHS) offered Shramdaan at Mathura today leading and giving a message to the nation o­n removal of plastic waste.

Indian Railways also undertook massive Shramdaan with participation from all stakeholders o­n plastic waste collection o­n the first day of SHS today. Focus o­n plastic waste collection shall continue throughout the Swachhta Pakhwada.


Detailed guidelines for the ‘Pakhwada’ have been formulated and circulated to each unit of Indian Railways and the entire network is gearing up to observe the ‘Pakhwada’ in the most effective manner. Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry has instructed the Railway Administration to make this Pakhwada a grand success and to give special focus o­n cleanliness at Railway Stations and in trains throughout the ‘Pakhwada’. He has also directed that officers and staff of all departments to be involved in various activities during ‘Swachhta-Hi-Seva Pakhwada’. Earlier the Minister of Railways has instructed for 10 days cleanliness drive for trains and stations starting 2nd September, 2019. He directed Zonal Railways to upload selected photographs o­n E-Drishti, Minister’s dashboard for monitoring purposes. The Minister had been appreciating those Zones which have been doing well upon such monitoring.

Secretary, Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Shri Parameswaran Iyer met Chairman, Railway Board Shri V.K.Yadav, o­n this Monday and discussed ways that the Railways could work for plastic waste collection, as properties of Indian Railways has the largest interface with the people across the country.

Following actions are to be initiated across Indian Railways network o­n plastic waste management:

·Wide publicity will be given to ban o­n single use plastic.

·Banners/posters/messages to this effect to be displayed at prominent places.

·Extensive use of Information Education and Communication measures would be made to create awareness among stakeholders. Audio messages/Banners shall also be displayed.

·Zonal Railways to take action o­n implementation of Board’s instructions and give feedback about the measures adopted.

·Plastic bottle crushers to be installed at all A1 and A category stations before 2ndOctober, 2019

·Visibility of separate waste bins to be increased o­n all A1 and A category Railway Stations. These would bear SHS logo.

·Work o­n development of 150 nurseries o­n Railway properties across the country to be completed by 2ndOctober, 2019

·IRCTC to implement return of plastic drinking bottles as part of Extended Producer Responsibility

·Plastic Bottle crushing machines to be provided expeditiously at all other Railway Stations.

·A pledge will be administered o­n 2ndOctober to cut use of plastic.





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