Turn­around Titans

WIN­NER: Jodh­pur WHY IT WON: From be­ing ranked 187 in clean­li­ness among In­dia’s rail­way sta­tions in 2016, Jodh­pur is now In­dia’s ‘clean­est rail­way sta­tion’

India Today - - SAFAIGIRI AWARDS - —Ro­hit Par­i­har

IN A 2016 SUR­VEY, JODH­PUR WAS RANKED 187 among In­dia’s rail­way sta­tions. By 2018, it had risen to the top of the NW Rail­way Zone rank­ings. Now it has won the In­dia To­day Safai­giri Award for the clean­est rail­way sta­tion in In­dia.

Over 150 peo­ple, with 27 ma­chines of var­i­ous kinds, and equipped with gloves and masks, op­er­ate in three shifts to keep the sta­tion clean round­the­clock. There is a shel­ter area for san­i­ta­tion work­ers to eat meals and rest dur­ing breaks. Sta­tion of­fi­cials also levy penal­ties on vi­o­la­tors. The sta­tion has been equipped with 180 dust­bins, as well as a plas­tic bottle­crush­ing ma­chine. Some 450 kg of scrap gen­er­ated from this ma­chine has been sent for re­cy­cling. The sta­tion also main­tains a com­post pit, which is used to fer­tilise the green ar­eas around the sta­tion. ■

A NEW BROOM San­i­ta­tion work­ers clean­ing a Jodh­pur sta­tion’s plat­form

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