The Cantonment railway station will soon witness mechanised cleaning with ultra modern machines for the first time.
According to station manager, AK Pandey, five diesel operated high pressure water jet cleaning machines have arrived to improve the sanitation on the station premises. So far there was only one high pressure machine which was electric operated. Apart from that a new agency with 117 cleaning staff has been contracted to look after the cleanliness on the station premises. It is noteworthy that the railway station has been facing severe sanitary woes for past few months. Several efforts in the past failed to bring any change in the situation, which falls in ‘A’ category in terms of revenue generation.
The station, having nine platforms, remains overcrowded as every 15 minutes it witnesses arrival or departure of trains. Despite that, the railway station has not been upgraded the way it should be in terms of passenger amenities and hygiene.
The railway tracks remain cluttered with waste, the condition near the public convenience also remains the same. The roof of the parcel office at platform number one as well as of the different platforms were found leaking due to damage in pipelines and rainwater accumulated on it.
The condition of waiting area behind the food plaza also remains in a poor sanitary condition.
Apart from the main station building, huge garbage heaps, overflowing sewage and choked drains is what a person gets to see on the Cantonment railway station premises.
“With the increased work force and added machinery, the sanitary conditions in the station will improve in next two days,” claimed station manager, AK Pandey.