Railway’s Swachh Mission Woes: Harrowing Sanitation Facilities Plague Capital’s Major Stations


Railway’s Swachh Mission Woes: Harrowing Sanitation Facilities Plague Capital’s Major Stations

It’S an awful sight familiar to rail passengers who have boarded from the Capital’s New Delhi railway station: people relieving themselves on tracks, between coaches, and at times even on platforms.

With a footfall of nearly five lakh passengers a day and catering to over 300 trains daily, sanitation facilities for travellers at the station is almost non-existent. A reality check by Mail Today found that a majority of the toilets on platform No. 1 and 16 of the New Delhi station were either not in working condition or were found locked from the outside.

Even the women’s toilets at the station were locked, forcing them to use lavatories inside the trains. The problem remains the same at all the four major stations in the Capital. These stations have a few toilets to cater to over 12 lakh passengers who pass through them every day.

None of the island platforms (a platform between two tracks serving both of them) at these stations have toilets and weary travellers are often left with no option but to use train lavatories stationed on platforms.

According to the Railways, only eight toilets have been built since 2014 at four A1 category railway stations in Delhi – New Delhi, Old Delhi, Hazrat Nizamuddin and Anand Vihar.

A proposal to rope in private players to build and maintain toilets at the stations, in the past, was scrapped after it gathered dust for three years. A fresh policy has now been framed. Northern Railway officials claimed that there are a total of 332 toilets/urinals at these four stations. Read More

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