Very soon polythene bags and plastic cups littered in and around railway tracks and on the platform and station premises would be a thing of the past.
Members of the Tatanagar Railway Station Consultative Committee, at a meeting here on Sunday, stressed on cleanliness and passenger welfare. The meeting was attended by station director HK Balmuchu, area railway manager Vikash Kumar, deputy station superintendent SK Pati, district civil surgeon Maheshwar Prasad among other members.
The officials at the Tatanagar railway station informed that over a period of last few years, the use of plastic and polythene bags has increased manifold causing much problem to the health department in keeping the station and the tracks clean.
“Plastic and polythene bags constitute larger share of the garbage scattered on the platform and on the rail tracks. We see this initiative as a welcome step in keeping the area neat and clean,” said an official.
"We are going to focus on plastic free station. The meeting discussed the new initiatives to be undertaken as per the directive of National Green Tribunal (NGT). Cleanliness and making the station plastic free is our primary concern," said station director, Balmuchu.
He said that the station staff is taking measures so that use of polythene bags and plastic cups is completely prohibited on station premises as they are not eco-friendly. "We are also working out modalities of a penal clause to put a check on stall owners on the platforms. Those defying orders will be penalised. Hopefully, such initiatives will discourage the use of polythene bags,” he added.
An official of MB Associates, the private agency entrusted with the job of cleanliness and upkeep of the station admitted the problem of plastic bags said, “Long stretches of tracks near Salgajhuri and Jugsalai are littered with polythene bags that choke drains, resulting in most unhygienic conditions.”
However, it is not known yet whether penal action will be part of the proposed directive to keep the station from use of plastics and polythene bags, effectively.
It is also not yet clear whether railway authorized kiosks based at the station premises would be allowed to use disposable category polythene bags.
Located on the Howrah-Mumbai main route Tatanagar is an important station. Several important trains travel via Tatanagar, including the high-profile Rajdhani Express and Duronto Express.
The station sees a daily traffic of 90 mail, express and passenger trains, besides a footfall of more than 60,000 passengers.