The January issue of Clean India Journal discussed at length the increased efficiency mechanised cleaning can bring both in terms of cost and the cleaning results. While building service contractors and Facility Management companies are putting equipment and chemicals to optimum use in maintaining various facilities, Railways, Airports and Highways are also experiencing the benefits of mechanisation. CIJ had earlier covered the cleaning system adopted by the Southern Railways. This time, the focus is on the Central Railway. During a visit to the Central Railway offices in Mumbai and also to one of the Railway yards, CIJ’s Mohana found that within six months of adopting mechanisation in coach cleaning, the results seem very encouraging.
When mechanised cleaning was initially introduced, the main reason for purchasing an equipment was to save on personnel costs. Today, machine users pay attention to the quality of cleaning results, the efficiency of the technology used and, to an increased extent, to the aspects of environmental protection and ergonomics.
Despite earning huge revenue by letting out its property to film and television units, the Film City administration has never cared much for the upkeep of the premises and for maintaining cleanliness and hygiene. But then, things are changing after CIJ paid a visit to the complex in one of Mumbai’s western suburbs.