The Northeast Frontier Railways will eliminate ‘single-use’ plastic in railway premises

Maligaon, Sept 11: The Northeast Frontier Railways will eliminate ‘single-use’ plastic in phased manner in railway premises starting from 2nd October 2019 in line with the pan-India policy adopted by Indian Railways.

This was announced by the General Manager Shri Sanjive Roy while administering the ‘Swachhata’ Pledge to railway employees in a solemn function organized at N. F. Railway Headquarters on the first day of the “Swachhata Hi Sewa” campaign that started today.

The campaign will continue till 2nd October 2019. A large number of staff and officers took the pledge, which was followed by a “Shramdaan” programme where the participants embarked upon cleaning the N. F. Railway Headquarters complex.

Similar programme were organized in all five divisional headquarter of N.F. Railway at Tinsukia, Lumding, Rangiya, Alipurduar and Katihar where Divisional Railway Managers administered the Swachhata Pledge followed by ‘Shramdaan’ by staff and officers.

The General Manager also stressed on building awareness among rail users and railway employees on excessive use of plastic which is posing a serious threat to human civilization in terms of destruction of environment.

He appealed to railway employees to segregate all waste materials into bio-degradable and non-bio-degradable and put them in separate bins for proper disposal. Shri Roy also stressed on the habit of recycling plastic material as far as possible. He said, N. F. Railway has planned to install plastic bottle crushers at all A-1 and A category stations within 2nd October.

It may be mentioned here that the India Railways is observing a special cleanliness drive from 11 September to 2nd October this year. A number of activities have been planned during this period to inform, educate and communicate all the stakeholders on resisting use of plastic, elimination of single-use plastic, observing good sanitation habits including prevention of open defecation and proper use of bio-toilets.


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