Rly to upgrade toilets at stations by October 2

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 24 Jun 2018 09:06:25


 

NEW DELHI,


‘The railways must ensure that the toilets of all the stations are maintained, upgraded to proper conditions of cleanliness including sufficient lighting, doors, corridors, water supply, proper flooring, fittings and fixtures, and are made ready by the end of September’, Ashwani Lohani said

THE Railways has set a deadline of October 2, when the Centre plans to launch year-long celebrations to mark Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary, for the upgradation of toilets at all stations in the country, according to a letter written by Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani to all the zones.


The letter, sent to the railway zones on Friday, makes it mandatory for all the stations to have differently-abled-friendly toilets for both men and women.
Lohani has said that he has received numerous complaints regarding the poor condition of the toilets, adding that keeping those clean was a part of the Swachh Bharat Mission.


“The railways must ensure that the toilets of all the stations are maintained, upgraded to proper conditions of cleanliness, including ensuring sufficient lighting, doors, corridors, water supply, proper flooring, fittings and
fixtures, and are made ready by the end of September, 2018 to mark the 150th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation,” the letter says.


The letter says that toilets should be constructed by September 30 at those stations that do not have such facilities and an action plan from all the zonal railways should be sent to him within the next seven days.

Rlys introduces ‘train captain’ for improving services

GUWAHATI,

BABUL Dey of Tinsukia Division created history on Thursday when he stepped into the 12423 Dibrugarh-New Delhi Rajdhani Express as the first train captain of the Northeast Frontier Railway. To improve onboard services and redress passenger’s grievances, NF Railway has introduced ‘Train Captain’ in premium trains from on Thursday.


NF Railway Chief Public Relations Officer Pranav Jyoti Sharma said: “The train captain will be overall in-charge of the train and will be responsible for ensuring all amenities provided by railways to the passenger.” The train captain will look into various amenities such as cleanliness of coaches and toilets, availability of water and working of electrical fittings like lights, fans, charging points, he added.


“The Railway Board has decided to introduce the concept of a single person as leader -- Train Captain, who will be responsible for co-ordinating with all onboard teams dealing with housekeeping, catering, electrical, mechanical and RPF/GRP squad during the complete journey of the train,” Sharma said. The train captain will be provided a badge and all onboard personnel from either railways or outsourced agencies will have to report to him.
The contact number and name of train captain will be made available to passengers.