Jan 31, 2017

Indian Railways takes cue from south Beijing, develop green patches around railway tracks



Taking a cue from the 'green' South Beijing railway station, the Delhi Division of Indian Railway has begun developing green patches surrounding railway stations in Delhi.


Delhi Railway Station

HIGHLIGHTS

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    The vacant rail land and the railway yards too will be covered with ornamental plants
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    The plan is a major initiative under the flagship 'Swachh Bharat Mission'.
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    The yards have been planned to be developed on the lines of South Beijing station in China
The heaps of garbage, unpleasant sight of open defecation and the 'lewd' graffiti on the walls as trains move slowly onto the Delhi region will be a thing of past now. Taking a cue from the 'green' South Beijing railway station, the Delhi Division of Indian Railway has begun developing green patches surrounding railway stations in Delhi.
The vacant rail land and the railway yards too will be covered with ornamental plants and shrubs to give it a pleasant look.

According to railway officials, encroachment on railway land is the biggest hurdle in keeping the
railway lines clean. A senior official said development of green patches in Delhi began sometime ago but it failed due to large scale encroachment. The plan is a major initiative under the flagship 'Swachh Bharat Mission'. The contract has been placed and work has started at New Delhi station, which is expected to show results by end of April 2017, an official said.

THE TWO PHASE PLAN
To begin with, railway yards at New Delhi, Old Delhi and Hazrat Nizamuddin stations will be taken up. The plan is being developed in two phases. Many special drives were launched in last one year to clean up the garbage spread along the tracks approaching Delhi, but they failed to yield desired result.
"We managed to maintain cleanliness in some parts while those located close to big Jhhugi clusters remained filthy. Garbage was found to be accumulated again after a few days of the drive in areas near slums," Arora said.
However, the railways have spread new good earth on the vacant area near the tracks and the area is being fenced to restrict trespassing on railway land. Shrubs and flowers were planted on the area. But in the areas in close proximity of big JJ clusters, the scheme could not succeed much due to human defecation and other disturbances.
The yards have been planned to be developed on the lines of South Beijing station in China. The vacant land in the yards of Delhi and New Delhi station has been planned to be planted with shrubs and grass and maintained as green patch in between the train operation area. - India Today