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Press Release No. 26016-09-2023
Press Release No. 260,

                                   दक्षिण पश्चिम रेलवे / SOUTH WESTERN RAILWAY

प्रेस विज्ञप्ति / Press Release No. 260 dated 16.09.2023


Shri Sanjeev Kishore, General Manager, South Western Railway launched Swachhta Pakhwara (Fortnight) by administering Swachhata Pledge to Officers and staff at KSR Bengaluru Railway Station, Bengaluru today (16.09.2023).

The Swachhta Pakhwara programme by Government of India, is a fortnight-long drive observed to ensure mass participation of citizens in Swachhata activities and truly transform Swachch Bharat into a citizen's movement.

The programme commenced today with a signature campaign and walkathon in KSR Bengaluru Railway Station premises lead by the General Manager.

The first day was observed as ‘Swachh Awareness Day’ during which awareness was created among the people about importance of cleanliness and about the ban o­n single use plastic in railway premises.

On this occasion Shri Sanjeev Kishore inspected KSR Bengaluru Railway station and appealed to passengers to use cloth bags in place of plastic bags to save the environment from pollution.

 Bharat Scout & Guides unit from Railways conducted a streetplay to sensitize passengers about cleanliness in Railway premises. An innovative 'Plastic Asura' walked around the station premises, creating awareness o­n dangers of single-use plastic, and encouraging passengers, public to give up plastic.

Shri Sanjeev Kishore during the course of his inspection looked at and appreciated the sculpture of Earth set up in the Railway Station with single use plastic bottles. Environment and House Keeping Branch of Bengaluru Division has made this sculpture using 18 kg waste Plastic bottles collected from KSR Bengaluru station in just ten hours.

Shri Ajay Singh, Chief Mechanical Engineer, (Environment and House Keeping) South Western Railway,  Shri Yogesh Mohan, Divisional Railway Manager, Bengaluru Division, and other senior Officers were present o­n this occasion.

Smt. Dr Vandana Srivastava, Zonal President, South Western Railway Women’s Welfare Organization along with Smt. Shikha Agarwal, Division President and other members of the Organization also participated in the event.

Similarly, Swachhata Pakhwara (fortnight) has been launched in Mysuru and Hubballi Divisions also. Swachhata Pledge has been administered at various locations of SWR today. Field units, frontline staff at stations are engaged in awareness drives, to sensitise railway passengers to help us keep railways clean and green.