Vijayawada Railway Division Conducts Massive Cleanliness Drive in Tribute to Gandhi

VIJAYAWADA: In response to the clarion call of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to commemorate Swachhata Diwas and to achieve visible improvement in cleanliness, Vijayawada railway division held a massive cleanliness drive across the division as a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on Sunday. Altogether 365 locations were identified where officers, station managers and staff were engaged in the cleanliness drive simultaneously at all stations from 10 am.

Leading the railway contingent from the front at Vijayawada, DRM, Vijayawada division, SCR, Narendra A. Patil, participated along with branch officers at the Vijayawada railway station. The drive started at Clock Tower, east entrance with the tick of 10 am and continued vigorously till 12 noon. Narendra Patil and staff carried out Shramdaan at RRI cabin clock tower, circulating area, parcel office, mango siding and railway tracks. 700 bags of garbage, about 4 tonnes, were carried in multiple truck loads to the waste depot.

Narendra Patil also monitored the '14 Minutes Miracle' challenge on Vande Bharat rake thrown by railway minister Ashwini Vaishnaw at Platform no. 8. Mechanical & cleaning staff successfully accomplished the task of cleaning the entire Chennai-Vijayawada Vande Bharat rake in a span of 14 minutes. He stated that the past two months have been overwhelmingly positive for Vijayawada division from bagging the platinum rating to inauguration of Vande Bharat and receiving 'Best Tourist Friendly Station' Award.

The DRM emphasised that cleaning activity should be a continuous activity 24/7 across the spectrum and only then we shall be able to achieve high passenger satisfaction and exceed their expectations. He lauded M. Ravi Kiran, Sr. DME and mechanical team for successfully accomplishing the 14 minutes miracle which was similar to the cleanliness mechanism in Japan Bullets trains.

He sought that such practices should be emulated across the Indian Railways to instill discipline and increase the turnaround of the trains at terminal stations. Narendra Patil, appealed to the esteemed travelling public to shun the use of single use plastic and to collectively strive to make India garbage free by committing ourselves to Swachhata and clean & green India.

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