Travel By Train To See Filth On Tracks, NGT Tells Railways Officials

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  • Railway officials and personnel from other civic agencies will take a train ride from New Delhi railway station to nearby stations to see the extent of waste, human or otherwise, on and along the tracks and other Railway properties.
  • The National Green Tribunal directed the Divisional Railway Manager (Delhi Division), municipal authorities, a representative from the Delhi Development Authority and other agencies to board a train from New Delhi station to Sadar Bazar, Shahdara, Sabzi Mandi and other stations.
  • It also issued bailable warrants against the contractors engaged in cleaning of tracks and other property.
  • Bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said: Let all the officers concerned travel. Fill the whole bogie. Go from New Delhi station to Sadar Bazar etc. Look outside. It is shameful.
  • Justice Swatanter Kumar  also asked them to come back with their inputs to the NGT on January 29 along with remedial measures.
  • Justice Kumar  wanted to know from the counsel for Railways, Om Prakash, why no steps were being taken to clean the tracks.
  • Mr. Prakash told the Bench that the Railways had taken several measures, including making announcements asking people to use dustbins.
  •  He submitted that one of the biggest issue was settlements near the stations, whose residents use Railway property for every conceivable human activity.
  • The counsel for the three civic bodies said the Railways had given Rs.1.25 crore for shifting of settlements to the DUSIB, which should be asked to take necessary action.
  • To this, the NGT replied: The corporations owe an obligation to make Delhi a clean place.