North Central Railway has turned to mechanised cleaning for upkeep of some of its stations including Allahabad, Agra and Jhansi. The cleaning will be mainly done using high pressure jet cleaning. Sandeep Mathur, Chief Public Relations Officer, North Central Railway informed Clean India Journal, “Three washable aprons for the purpose has been created. Washable aprons are cemented aprons below the tracks. High pressure jet cleaning using ballast aprons has not been a practical solution in the past.”
Meanwhile, with the commencing of the Maha Kumbh Mela on January 14, the North Central Railway has installed open air toilets and urinals with running water and temporary soak pit tanks for the tourists and pilgrims, informed Mathur. Around 4000 extra staff has been deployed from other divisions of railways at Allahabad for arrangements at Kumbh Mela.