New Delhi: Trains will soon have user-friendly dustbins designed by NID in all coaches as Railways has stepped up efforts to keep its premises clean in line with the Swachh Bharat campaign.
Barring AC and a few non-AC sleeper coaches, majority of coaches currently are not equipped with dustbins resulting in problems in depositing garbage in moving trains.
"We have asked the NID to design user-friendly dustbins with enhanced capacity than the existing ones," a senior Railway Ministry official said, adding "NID will also suggest location for these improved dustbins to be placed for easy accessibility."
This move came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced in "Mann ki baat" programme on AIR on November 2 last year that Railway coaches need to have adequate dustbins.
"It has been observed that existing dustbins are not adequate enough to collect garbage in coaches. So NID has been asked to improve the design accordingly," the official said.
Instructions have been issued to all production units and zonal railways to fit dustbins of enhanced capacity in all the newly-manufactured coaches.
The official said instructions have also been issued to retrofit dustbins in coaches, which were not provided earlier, in a phased manner.
Currently, both AC and non-AC LHB coaches are being provided with two dustbins at both sides of the coach. All conventional AC coaches manufactured at Integrated Coach Factory at Chennai are also being equipped with dustbins.
However, non-AC coaches made at ICF Chennai and Rail Coach Factory at Kapurthala are not provided with dustbins. The official said adequate provisions for removing garbage from the dustbins and disposing garbage at nominated points have also been made.
Railways has launched its cleanliness campaign across the country to keep platforms, stations and trains clean. The Ministry has also outsourced cleaning operations in 50 stations as a pilot project.