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BMC to keep an eye on railway tracks

Friday, May 19, 2017
By Aroosa Ahmed

Throwing waste on the railway tracks? Beware or cough up a fine if caught!

In a joint inspection of the Harbour line - between Chhatrapati Shivaji Temrinus (CST) and Vashi -by the Central Railway and BMC,  Ajoy Metha, Municipal Commissioner directed the BMC officials to fine people living adjacent to the railway tracks who are found throwing waste on the tracks.

Reportedly during the inspection Mehta noticed people throwing garbage and waste on the tracks, that is when Mehta asked his officials to study and start charging a fine to people who fling waste on the tracks. The Central Railway  headed by General Manager D.K. Sharma along with senior railway officials pointed out the problems faced by them while preparing for monsoons which included the encroached railway land.

A major obstruction according to the railway authorities is solid waste being thrown which decisively chokes  the pipelines and during monsoon it becomes more difficult as the flow of water is blocked. There is no way to remove the rain water accumulated on the railway tracks apart from pumping the water out.

Meanwhile the railways take a series of steps for monsoon preparation including drainage cleaning, tree cutting and trimming, boulder scanning and dropping, checking for missing rubber pads, replacement of broken sleepers, ballast clearance and checking for leakages.

Central Railway authorities also displayed to the Commissioner their major problem areas on Harbour Railway including Sandhurst Road, Wadala, Govandi, Chembur, Reay Road, GTB, Chembur and Masjid railway stations.

BMC chief Ajoy Mehta when asked about imposing a fine against defaulters said, “I believe people need to be warned first and only after that they will be fined. More clean up marshals will be shifted near localities across railway tracks to keep a check on people littering the tracks. It is due to this garbage that the tracks are chocked and trains delayed during monsoons and so we need to act against such defaulters.”

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