Southern Railway has been conducting awareness programmes asking passengers not to use toilets in trains when they stop at railway stations.

Students of Railway Mixed Higher Secondary School created awareness of cleanliness among passengers at the railway junction here on Wednesday.

They took out a rally on Platform One carrying placards highlighting the need to keep railway premises and trains clean. Later, they cleaned the railway premises. They collected the garbage strewn along the railway tracks.

It was a learning experience for boys and girls. When asked what she learnt on coming out of the school for the programme, S. Aakila Banu, a 9 standard girl, said passengers should not throw waste on platforms and tracks but use dust bins kept on platforms. Her friend J. Reyana said people could avoid infections by keeping the environment clean. Divisional Railway Manager A.K. Rastogi said that the Divisional Railway was spending around Rs. one crore to keep the junction clean through outsourcing. “The work includes cleaning circulating area, platforms and rag-picking on tracks. Sixty-five persons have been involved in the exercise taken up in three shifts round the clock.”

Southern Railway has been conducting awareness programmes asking passengers not to use toilets in trains when they stop at railway stations. Additional Divisional Railway Manager R.V.B. Babu, Senior Divisional Operations Manager S.T. Ramalingam and Station Manager C. Solomon Sevathaiah were present.

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