PLAT­FORM FOR CHANGE

CLEAN­EST RAIL­WAY STA­TION Visakha­p­at­nam

India Today - - SAFAI GIRI -

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

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