NAGPUR: Even as ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ turns three years, railway stations still remain unclean as litter and human excrement can be seen on platforms and tracks. Being mindful, the South East Central Railway (SECR) commissioned a ‘Swachhata Train’ to spread awareness between Itwari and Amgaon stations on Monday.
About 15 students, cadres of Indian Scout & Guides and Nagarik Suraksha Sadasya, chanted slogans, performed a skit and sang jingles in a bid to spread ‘clean India’ message among the passengers. The cleanliness drive marked Gandhi Jayanti.
After the train was flagged off from Itwari, it halted at Kamptee, Tarsa, Bhandara Road, Tirora and Gondia stations where the children spread awareness.
Divisional railway manager of SECR Amit Agrawal, who was present at Itwari said, “The message is better understood when children are spreading it. People tend not to listen to adults when told not to litter. A clean independent India was Mahatma Gandhi’s dream too, and this is an attempt to emulate his sentiment.”