The Indian Railways, world’s largest carrier of passengers, is taking major initiatives in providing clean and hygienic experiences to its users and commuters. Besides, the IR is working towards Net Zero goals set for 2030.
The Indian Railway is working towards establishing a Clean and Green Railways with newer technologies, solutions and products for cleaning, waste and linen care. Their areas of concern include Cleaning, Air quality, Waste management, Pest management, Laundry, Washroom hygiene and Kitchen hygiene. The IR is seeking solutions that are smart, innovative, time- & cost-effective, green and that which meets Net Zero requirements.
In association with Clean India Journal, a one-day conference is being organized where 150 Indian Railway officials from across 19 zones and the Railway Board will gather to understand the new solutions, technologies and products presented by the cleaning, waste and laundry segments.
Cleanliness at railway stations and railway coaches is a continuous process and every endeavor is made to keep the railway stations and trains in properly maintained and clean condition. Indian Railways have been taking several much-needed initiatives to improve their hygiene and sanitation in not just the train lavatories but also at the railway stations. Few such initiatives taken by the Railways or are being undertaken towards the maintenance and improvement in standards and cleanliness of toilets in trains and at railway stations are as below :
1. Installation Of Bio Toilets In Coaches
To avoid the waste from falling on the tracks and platform lines, Indian Railways have intensified the pace of installation of bio-toilets in coaches. As per the ministry, they’re planning to replace all the toilets of the broad-gauge coaching fleet by 2019 under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
2. Adding Dustbins For The Maintenance Of Coach Toilets
The provisions to add dustbins, health faucets and mug with chain in all the AC and Non-AC coaches are being done.
3. On Board Housekeeping Service
Indian Railways have provided On Board Housekeeping Service (OBHS) in more than 1050 pairs of trains including Rajdhani, Shatabdi and other important long distance Mail/Express trains for cleaning of coach toilets, doorways, aisles and passenger compartments during the run of the trains.
4. Coach Mitra
A facility called ‘Coach Mitra’ has been introduced in approximately 1000 OBHS trains. Coach Mitra is a single window interface to register coach related requirements of the passengers. These requirements may include facilities like cleaning, disinfection, train lighting, linen, air conditioning or even watering of coaches.
5. Separate Toilets For Males And Females At The Railway Stations
Separate toilets for men and women are available as per the norms at all categories of railway stations. Indian Railways is however upgrading the amenities at the stations with a major focus on the toilets. As per the statement, 2894 toilets were either constructed or improved in the last 4 years and the process is ongoing at the railway stations across the country depending upon the need, volume of passenger traffic and priority subject to availability of funds.
6. ‘Pay And Use’ Toilets At The Railway Stations
Operation of male and female public toilets is being done on a ‘Pay and Use’ basis under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model. Zonal Railways have been authorised concerning the operation and maintenance including the cleanliness of these toilets on a contract basis. As per the statement, more than 900 railway stations have ‘Normal’ pay and use toilets while about 60 stations have ‘deluxe’ pay and use toilets.
7. Mechanised Cleaning
Mechanised cleaning of coaches and toilets are being carried out by professional agencies at around 145 coaching depots. On the other hand, Integrated Mechanised Cleaning contracts with improved process and machinery is being carried out at about 520 railway stations as well as the station lavatories.
8. Swachhta Pakhwada – Cleanliness Drives
Indian Railways had launched a cleanliness campaign ‘Swachhta Pakhwada’ under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan on 2nd October, 2014, the statement read. Under the campaign, several initiatives and awareness drives have been organised on a fortnightly and monthly basis, with the sole objective to achieve significant and sustainable improvements in the cleanliness standards of the trains and the railway stations.
Further to these initiatives and in cline with upcoming future requirements, We are happy to announce a first-of-its-kind event under Clean India Conferences where 19 Railway Boards across India, come together to witness and source unique, innovative and new age cleaning , hygiene, laundry and maintenance products, technologies & solutions. Organized exclusively by Clean India Journal the event will bring together the Indian Railways decision makers in front of our esteemed speakers and solution providers, who will present the future methodologies and how it can benefit and help maintain the cleaning quotient for the Railways effectively.
Clean Rail Conference
|10.00-10:10 am||Inauguration Ceremony|
|10:10-10:15 am||Keynote Address
Shri D.C. Sharma, Member (Traction & Rolling Stock), Railway Board, IR
|10:15-10:30 am||Opening Note
Shri Shailendra Singh, EDME (EnHM & Project), IR
|10:30-10:50 am||Conference Flow & Felicitation
Mohana M, Editor, Clean India Journal
|10:50-11:05 am||Aligning Linen & Laundry for Present Day Requirements
- Laundry on the wheels - Re-Weave for Recycling
Narayanan Raghavan, MD, Linen Rental Services India Pvt. Ltd
|11:20-11:35 am||Tea/Coffee Break|
|11:35-11:50 am||Technology to achieve Carbon Neutrality & Sustainability Goals
- Chemical-free Cleaning & Purification Solutions
Harish Anantharaman, MD, Accelerated Cleaning Systems India Pvt. Ltd
|11:50- 12:00 pm||Q&A|
|12:00-12:15 pm||Smart Pest Management
Tracking & Treating Pests & Pathogens Digitally
Rachit Agarwal, Director, Truly Pest Solution Pvt. Ltd (Krishi Rasayan Group)
|12:30-12:45 pm||Sustainable Cleaning Chemicals for Surface Cleaning
- OBHS - Coaches - Platforms - Laundry - Pantry
Vanchinathan Sivaswamy, Head Sales-SAARC, Buzil Rossari Pvt. Ltd
|2.00-2.10 pm||Live Demo – Accelerated Cleaning Systems Pvt. Ltd|
|2.10-2.20 pm||Training on Quality Services & Rental Services Pvt. Ltd - Linen Rental Services India Pvt. Ltd|
|2.20-2.30 pm||Cleaning & Hygiene Solutions from Surface to Water - Housekeeping - Washroom Hygiene - Kitchen Hygiene
Dr Hiten Mehta, Asst Vice President & Head R&D, Grasim Industries Ltd (Chemical Division)
|2.50-3.05 pm||Tea Break|
|3.05-3.15 pm||Live Demo – Truly Pest Solution Pvt. Ltd|
|3:20pm-3:35 pm||Mechanised Cleaning & Sanitisation Solutions - Coach cleaning - Station cleaning - Washroom cleaning
Vedant Matta, Director-Sales, Charnock Equipments Pvt. Ltd
|3.45pm-4.00 pm||Concluding Session
Shri Ravi Jain, Executive Director-Mechanical Engineering (Coaching)
Shri Ajay Jha, Director-EnHM
Shri Suman Kumar Tanti, Director-Mechanical (Coaching)
Shri Jasbir Singh, Deputy Director-EnHM
Shri Dinesh Mohan Singh, Section Officer-EnHM
Shri D.C. Sharma
Member (Traction & Rolling Stock),
Shri Shailendra Singh
Executive Director, Mechanical Engineering (EnHM & Projects), Railway Board
Managing Director & CEO
Accelerated Cleaning Systems India Pvt Ltd
Dr Hiten Mehta
Asst Vice President & Head R & D
Grasim Industries Limited-Chemical Division
Buzil Rossari Pvt Ltd
Charnock Equipments Pvt Ltd.
Truly Pest Solution Pvt. Ltd.
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