Organised by Clean India Journal in association with the Indian Railways
Clean India Journal, in a major initiative, organised the first knowledge-sharing Clean Rail Conference (CRC) in association with the Indian Railways on October 18, 2022 at The Park Hotel, Delhi.
In an overwhelming response to the CRC, railway officials, including CMEs, CRSEs, Executive Directors and Engineers joined from across India to attend sessions on innovative products, solutions and technologies that can meet the requirement of Railways for cleaning, hygiene, laundry, water management and pest management.
Prominent members of the Railway Board present at the conference include Special invitee Shailendra Singh, Executive Director/Mechanical Engineering (EnHM & Projects); Ravi Jain, Executive Director/Mechanical Engineering (Coaching); Ajay Jha, Director/EnHM; Suman Kumar Tanti, Director/Mechanical (Coaching) and Jasbir Singh, Deputy Director/EnHM.
The conference topics were carefully chosen in line with the challenges presented by the Indian Railways at the 17th edition of the Clean India Show in July this year. In keeping with the goals of the Indian Railways of ESG & Net Zero set for 2030, the focus of the solutions were largely based on green, bio-based, sustainable and water-efficient parameters.
Clean India Journal has been working closely with the Indian Railways since 2016 in understanding the challenges it faces and providing information on the required cleaning technologies and solutions through its various platforms – the magazine, conferences and the Clean India Shows.
Inaugurating the conference, D.C. Sharma, Member (Traction & Rolling Stock), Railway Board, who strongly advocates the use of technology and innovative solutions for the Indian Railways, emphasised IR’s commitment to green cleaning and sought the support and guidance of the cleaning industry in achieving its goals. “I wish all the success for this seminar and all the future seminars to be conducted on these lines. I recommend that these kinds of seminars should be organised in different zones of the railways to educate more and more people. If you are able to connect more people, we will be living in a cleaner nation,” he said.
Confirming the success of the conference, Shailendra Singh, in his concluding address affirmed that “It has been a very fruitful and meaningful day. We got to know so many new technologies which have been explained, presented and even demonstrated here today, giving us more insights. We are happy that many of the concerns I had mentioned at the beginning of the conference have been addressed. These types of conferences, interactions and mutual exchange of ideas are important and beneficial to the organisation and the industry.”
He continued: “We officials get engrossed with our daily heavy work schedule and are not aware of the new technologies that are coming into the market. The Clean Rail Conference organised by Clean India Journal was a very wonderful platform for getting to know all the new solutions. I am happy to note that the purpose of this conference has been met. The dialogue will continue. We will explore and try the solutions presented here today on a pilot project basis and look at adoption at a larger scale accordingly.”
“We will make use of this platform in the future also. We look forward to Clean India Journal organising these kinds of conferences at the regional and zonal level for addressing specific issues,” he added.
We thank our speakers for their valuable contributions. The sessions included:
- Aligning Linen & Laundry for Present Day Requirements: Laundry on the wheels – Re-Weave for Recycling by Narayanan Raghavan, MD, Linen Rental Services India Pvt Ltd;
- Technology to achieve Carbon Neutrality & Sustainability Goals: Chemical-free Cleaning & Purification Solutions by Harish Anantharaman, MD, Accelerated Cleaning Systems India Pvt Ltd
- Smart Pest Management: Tracking & Treating Pests & Pathogens Digitally by Rachit Agarwal, Director, Truly Pest Solution Pvt. Ltd (Krishi Rasayan Group)
- Sustainable Cleaning Chemicals for Surface Cleaning – OBHS, Coaches, Platforms, Laundry and Pantry by Vanchinathan Sivaswamy, Head Sales-SAARC, Buzil Rossari Pvt Ltd
- Cleaning & Hygiene Solutions from Surface to Water – Housekeeping, Washroom Hygiene and Kitchen Hygiene by Dr Hiten Mehta, Assistant Vice President & Head R&D, Grasim Industries Ltd (Chemical Division)
- Mechanised Cleaning & Sanitisation Solutions — Coach cleaning, Station cleaning and Washroom cleaning by Vedant Matta, Director-Sales, Charnock Equipments Pvt Ltd
Clean India Journal plans to organise similar conferences in different parts of India in the coming months.