to help railways improve commuter facilities
International Leadership and Management Alliance
(ILMA), a Non-Government
Organisation working on environment issues, has offered its services
to the Western Railway and Central Railway authorities
to assist in improving the look of railway stations, and giving
a professional touch to facilities extended to commuters using the
railway suburban services stations.
ILMA has plans to give a total face lift to ticket booking counters
and overhaul the public address system, which is one of the main
helplines on the Mumbai suburban railway route. ILMA has also proposed
to give railway ticket booking counters a total face lift.
In the last two years, the railway authorities of both Western
Railway and Central Railway have been regularly carrying out cleanliness
drives and programmes to educate commuters to keep railway property
dirt free. Railway authorities had even appealed to law abiding
commuters to function as wardens especially in the setting up of
anti-spitting squads, to put a check on pan and gutka
chewing commuters who spit and litter the platforms, as well
as cigarette smokers who litter platforms with cigarette butts.
Western Railway had entered into an agreement with advertising
agencies to beautify and maintain certain vital railway stations
like Dadar, Bandra, and Andheri, in exchange for putting up hoardings
and advertisements on these railway platforms and overhead bridges
connecting the platforms.
A number of a companies like Captain Cook Salt and advertising
agencies had "adopted'' some of the railway stations on the Western
Railway route . Bandra railway station was refurbished by an advertising
agency, and private security and conservancy agencies were hired
by the advertising agency to maintain the railway platform.
ILMA is conducting an in depth study and ferreting information
on the management of railway platforms on the suburban services
routes and on the budgetary allocations for railway platforms.
Author : Mani