New Delhi: Indian Railways has elaborate plans for October 2, to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. While the Railways has already announced to junk single-use plastic on its trains from October 2, the Central Railways has decided to have pictures of Mahatma Gandhi on its locomotives.
The work to paint the locomotives started about two months back and already, 15 of them have been completed while work on seven more is on.
Already, some of the locomotives with the pictures are running on the Mumbai-Pune and Mumbai-Konkan routes. Central Railway officials said that the locomotives are being painted in the locosheds.
During a meeting with the general managers (GM) and divisional railway managers (DRMs) of Zonal Railways through video conferencing on Thursday, Minister of state for Railways Mr Suresh C. Angadi directed all zones and divisions to complete preparations with regard to 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi in time.
“Various initiatives being taken in this direction include elimination of single-use plastic from railway premises, provision of bottle crushing machines, cleanliness in stations, trains and railway premises, tree plantation and development of 150 track side nurseries,” railway officials said.
On Wednesday, the Railways had circulated the guidelines with regard to plastic waste management. Railways has already decided to replace its plastic cutlery with more environment-friendly products.
Meanwhile, during the meeting the minister also reviewed safety, punctuality, freight loading, passenger traffic, infrastructure projects and other ongoing developmental projects....