Indian Railways has organised ‘Swachh Rail Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ all over the country from September 17-25, 2016. This nine-day long public cleanliness outreach programme was launched by the Union Railway Minister Shri Suresh Prabhu in New Delhi.
Indian Railways conducted this drive to spread wider awareness on sanitation and cleanliness in rail premises and make hygiene a habit amongst the travelling public. It also marks out the Railway’s commitment by recounting the initiatives taken under the ‘Swachh Rail Swachh Bharat Mission’.
Swachh paryavaran (17 sep 2016)
A massive tree plantation exercise, development of new parks, green belts and other eco-friendly measures were taken on this day.
Swachh station (18 sep 2016)
Intensive cleanliness drive undertaken by involving NGOs, scouts and guides and all railway employees.
Swachh railgaadi (19 sep 2016)
Inspection of all trains undertaken by teams of officers and staff to ensure cleanliness onboard the train.
Swachh neer (20 sep 2016)
Inspection of all water installations including filter plants, sources of water supply, drainage systems and water taps for drinking water at stations.
Swachh Parisar (21 sep 2016)
Drive conducted to clean up and improve the circulating areas of railway stations and office complexes.
Swachh sahyog (22 sep 2016)
Cleanliness drive at stations by associating NGOs, schools, voluntary groups and unions.
Swachh samvad (23 sep 2016)
Organised seminars on sanitation and upkeep of railway stations and other railway establishments
Swachh samarpan (24 sep 2016)
Carried out Prabhat Pheris and Nukkad Nataks to spread awareness among all railway employees and their families to ensure cleanliness.
Swachh aahar (25 sep 2016)
Inspection of pantry cars, base kitchens, food stalls and restaurants located at the stations. Consolidated figures of the initiatives taken during the nine-day drive
No of saplings planted during the drive – 1,00,000
No. of dustbins provided – 28,844
Inspection of trains by officers – 4,614
Cleanliness drive at stations – 14,185
Officers deputed for the drive – 15,037
Swachh Bharat Pledge
The Swachhta campaign culminated on 25th September (Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Jayanti) by taking Swacch Bharat pledge at Kozhikode Railway Station with Suresh Prabhu, Union Railway Minister and Venkaiah Naidu, Minister for Urban Development. The Swacch Bharat week will be held till October 2 (Gandhi Jayanti).