A fine of Rs 500 can be imposed on offenders who are found littering within railway premises, both inside coaches and in stations Credit: EzySpit

Maligaon: The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has collected Rs 3,65,895 from 1,818 persons as penalty from offenders who were found to be littering the railway premises since October last year.

The NFR has installed CCTVs for monitoring of cleanliness in as many as 13 stations throughout the zone. The CCTVs are monitored by station masters, commercial and RPF officers and the divisional railway manager. Also, the feed from these CCTVs can also be directly viewed by senior officers in NFR headquarters, a press release said.

Guwahati, Kathihar, Rangiya, Dibrugarh, New Jalpaiguri and Tinsukia are some of the major stations where monitoring of cleanliness is being done through CCTVs.

Railway premises have received heavy footfall during arrival/departure of trains and are very much prone to littering. Maintaining cleanliness of train and railway premises is a continuous process. Following the launch of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the railway authorities have also stressed on cleanliness.

A fine of Rs 500 can be imposed on the offenders who are found littering the railway premises both inside coaches and in stations. In NFR, the Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel have been authorised to detain offenders and levy penalty.

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The NFR has also taken Twitter to convey their message to the people by appealing them to help in keeping the railway clean.

The NRF also mentioned that there has been 60% increase in dustbins, provided in station premises all over the zone. Colour segregation of dustbins has also been done so as to enable separation of dry and wet waste to facilitate better waste disposal. Dustbins are also being provided in all coaches of the zone in a phased manner.

“So far, the NFR has also provided dustbins in the toilets of all coaches. Frequent announcements are also being made in station premises requesting the passengers to maintain cleanliness within stations and informing them about the penalty provisions of the Railway Act,1989 that prohibits littering in any occupied or unoccupied railway premises or the coaches, and bars an individual from cooking, bathing, spitting, urinating, feeding animals or birds, repairing or washing vehicles, washing utensils or clothes or any other objects or keep any type of storage in any railway premises,” the release added.

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