Indian Railways is observing “Swachhta Pakhwara” from 16th to 30th September 2020. During the inaugural day of Pakhwara, Swachhta pledge was administered to Railway employees at all Zonal Railway HQs, Divisional Offices and other establishments. During the Pakhwara, intensive cleaning and sanitization of stations, trains, tracks, colonies and other railway establishments is being carried out with special focus on plastic waste management.
Railway Board through Northern Railway, in partnership with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), organised a webinar on “Swachhata and Environment”. The Webinar was held to flag off the “Swachhata Pakhwada” beginning from September 16 and ending on September 30, 2020.
Following issues were highlighted during the session:
- Steps taken by Indian Railways for proper solid waste management, saving of water and conservation of energy etc
- Convergence of IR initiatives with Swachh Bharat Mission
- Green Rating of Railway Stations
- Combating plastic waste
- Perspectives on circular economy