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Penalty for violation of cleanliness rules hiked: East Coast Railway

For representation. According to an ECoR official, commuters will have to cough up more for strewing trash on railway station premises, defacing property, spitting, sticking unauthorized bills and open defecation.

For representation. According to an ECoR official, commuters will have to cough up more for strewing trash on railway station premises, defacing property, spitting, sticking unauthorized bills and open defecation.   | Photo Credit: K.R. DEEPAK

For almost every category of offence, the fines have been hiked by at least ₹100.

Littering railway properties will attract hefty fines from February 10 as the East Coast Railway (ECoR) has revised penalties, as part of its measures to maintain cleanliness and hygiene.

According to an ECoR official, commuters will have to cough up more for strewing trash on railway station premises, defacing property, spitting, sticking unauthorized bills and open defecation.

Penalty will also be imposed on vendors who do not take necessary initiatives — separate dustbins for dry and wet waste and use of permissible plastic bags — the official said.

The fine will be in the range of ₹100 to ₹5,000, depending on the nature of the offence, he said.

For almost every category of offence, the fines have been hiked by at least ₹100.

The move was taken in line with the Centre’s Swachh Bharat Mission and a National Green Tribunal order, which asked the railways to put in place a mechanism to fix accountability on individuals regarding waste disposal and littering, the official said.

Along with RPF officers, station masters, ticket collectors and railway officials have been authorized to detect and penalise offenders across all three ECoR divisions — Khurda Road, Sambalpur and Waltair.

The official also said that ECoR earlier had different penalties for different stations, but now uniformity would be maintained across the three divisions.

“For the first time, there will be uniformity in fines imposed on offenders across all stations of ECoR . The revised rates will come into effect from Monday,” he added.

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