PLATFORM FOR CHANGE
CLEANEST RAILWAY STATION Visakhapatnam
In every crisis lies an opportunity. Ravaged during Cyclone Hudhud in October 2014, the authorities had a chance to rebuild the Visakhapatnam railway station in a modern avatar. Crucial to the project was an integrated cleaning strategy.
An army of jet machines, scrubbers, vacuum and steam cleaners is constantly at work cleaning platforms, tracks and the surrounding area; all platforms have washable aprons with epoxy floor coating. Toilet blocks are cleaned six times daily while cleaning of all parking areas, gardens, signboards, minor plumbing, pest and rodent control is listed on a comprehensive schedule. Garbage, 900 cubic metres of it every day, is ferried away three times a day.
There are dustbins every five to 10 metres on all platforms. Ten lakh litres of waste water is recycled every day, of which half is used for washing coaches. An average of 2030 kilos of plastic is recycled every day using bottle crushers. Wet waste treatment capacity has been enhanced to 3,000 litres per day, converting biodegradable waste into compost. A mechanised laundry with an inbuilt waste water recycling plant has been commissioned.
—Amarnath K. Menon
STATION IN LIFE Cleaning work in progress at the platform