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MADURAI: With stress on ban on manual scavenging, especially of night soil, the Madurai Divisional Railway has intensified its campaign against using toilets in trains at railway stations.
Divisional Railway Manager A.K. Goel flagged off a rally by students of Railway Mixed Higher Secondary school on the railway station on Monday.
Mr. Goel said that usage of toilets when the trains are halted on stations makes the stations look dirty.
“This is avoidable, though we have a system of cleaning the stations day and night,” he said. People could use the toilets on the railway platforms.
He said mechanised cleaning through outsourcing has kept the platforms one and two and the retiring rooms, waiting halls and concourse clean.
He urged the people not to litter waste, especially plastic bags which choke the drainage.
People should make use of the dustbins kept on the platforms.
Mr. Goel said focussed attention would be given to keep the coaches in trains maintained free of rodents and cockroaches.
“Our second priority, next only to safety, is maintenance of hygiene in the trains and platforms,” he said.
The students carried placards stressing the importance of cleanliness.
They advised the people not to spit, smoke and consume liquor on the railway premises.
The students appealed to the passengers in keeping the station premises clean for a disease-free journey.
Additional Divisional Railway Manager T. Venkatasubramanian, Senior Divisional Commercial Manager Hoshiar Chand, Senior Public Relations Officer Venugopal and Madurai Station Manager Lenin Kumar were present.
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