Sreedharan happy with cleanliness at Metro stations

January 23rd, 2011 - 7:31 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 23 (IANS) Delhi Metro chief E. Sreedharan says he is happy over the state of discipline and cleanliness at stations.In an interview to IANS, Sreedharan underlined that it takes a lot of efforts to achieve the desired results.

“This has not come naturally. A lot of effort is put in educating the public and our staff. We have spent a lot on cleanliness and in maintaining it. At least the culture that the station and train should be clean is maintained. It is a continuous process.

“Even if you slacken a little bit, it (cleanliness) will go down. We don’t allow that to happen, I do surprise visits and take disciplinary action,” he said.

At least 12,771 passengers were fined for littering in Metro premises from November 2008 to December 2010. They were fined Rs.26.42 lakh.

Most offences pertain to spitting, creating nuisance and defacing Metro property.

According to Metro officials, 4,616 people have been booked for spitting, 1,510 for defacing Metro property and 456 for sitting on the floor of the trains.

Six months back, Sreedharan told Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit that seepage in some stations and littering by passengers were affecting Metro’s cleanliness record.

“The discipline in the Metro premises is not yet fully achieved but I’m happy that to a very large extent, the discipline has been inculcated. At every station, (people) stand in queue not only to get into the train but also at ticket counters and entry gates,” Sreedharan told IANS.

However, some areas still need attention, especially entering and exiting trains in an orderly fashion.

“The discipline has not yet come in allowing passengers to get out of the train. Only if volunteers are present is the discipline maintained,” he said.

Metro officials say four flying squads have been formed to conduct surprise checks almost every day on different routes and catch erring commuters.

Delhi Metro train carry 16 lakh passengers every day and cover 184 km, criss-crossing the national capital.

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